Obituaries February 5, 2014

obit brownsteinDr. Muriel “Monchy” (Apfelberg) Brownstein

Dr. Muriel “Monchy” (Apfelberg) Brownstein, 85, of Wernersville, Pennsylvania, died in the Health Center at Phoebe Berks in Wernersville, just after midnight on Friday, January 31, 2014.

Daughter of Joseph Apfelberg and Clara (Jurgrau) Apfelberg, she was born in Ellenville, New York, on January 1, 1929.  She grew up on a farm in the Lake Huntington, New York, area and retained a love of rural life and a green thumb throughout her life.

Education for her was a lifelong pursuit.  She graduated from Evander Childs High School in New York City in 1946 at age 17, received a BA in biology from Brooklyn College in 1949, a master’s degree in education, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Akron in 1975, and her Ph.D. in education from Temple University in 1985, at age 56.

She was an enthusiastic promoter of science education, performed research for her Ph.D. dissertation in Tianjin, China, on multi-cultural methods for teaching science, served as chairwoman of the science department and as a chemistry teacher at both Lower Moreland High School in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and at Delran High School in Burlington County, New Jersey.  In retirement, she continued to work with local, regional and international science fairs as well as volunteering as a docent at the New Jersey State Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey, as a mentor with literacy volunteers in south New Jersey, and as a home tutor for children with AIDS and developmentally disabled adults.

Intellectual curiosity and a zest for life were ever present.  She played saxophone and recorder, wrote poetry, loved to knit sweaters, garden, can jams, jellies and dilly beans.  She was a voracious reader and hardly ever sat down without a book or newspaper on her lap.  She delighted in a wide range of musicians ranging from Pete Seeger to Stan Getz to Andre Sagovia.  Her places of residence included New York City, Chicago, Illinois, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Akron, Ohio, Daniel’s Pond in Glover, and Berks County, Pennsylvania.

Her international travels included Israel, Ireland, England, Germany, Czech Republic and China.

She was Jewish as well as a member of the Unitarian Universalist community.  This blending of faith traditions was symbolized by the silver Unitarian chalice affixed to a Jewish star, which she wore around her neck.  Both religious heritages nourished her involvement in social causes as a passionate activist for universal justice, world peace, racial equality, women’s rights and an advocate for the mentally ill.

As a devoted wife and nurturing mother, career and community interests were constantly interwoven with family activities.  She is remembered for watching television with the family, with a textbook for a course she was taking open before her and jumping up during commercials to move clothes from the washer to the drier.  She was deeply loved by family, colleagues and friends. Her kind smile, joie de vivre, and ever-present optimism will be sorely missed.

She is survived by Mel Brownstein, her husband of 58 years; her children:  Ted Brownstein, Carl Brownstein, Andy Brownstein and Ruth Brownstein; her sister-in-law Elizabeth “Liz” (Singer) Apfelberg; her nephew Michael Apfelberg; her niece Lisa (Apfelberg) Walton; her grandchildren:  Jessica Pogrund Choplin, Rachel Jepson, Gretchen Brownstein, Anna Kiliona, Sarah Brownstein and Ariel Brownstein; and by her great-grandchildren:  Isabella Jepson, Zack Pogrund Choplin, Lev Pogrund Choplin and Audrey Brownstein Carrillo.

She was predeceased by her brother Hershel Apfelberg.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Children’s Defense Fund or Doctors Without Borders.

obit Cullins webNorma D. Cullins

Norma D. Cullins, 75, of Brownington died peacefully on January 29, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on January 19, 1939, in Waterbury, to Warren and Elizabeth (Town) Elliott.

On January 25, 1986, she married Gene Cullins, who survives her.

She was formerly a long haul truck driver and waitress.  She loved traveling by car seeing the country.

She started her sewing business in 2007 and she was an active member of the Barton Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband Gene Cullins of Brownington; her children:  Richard Bresky of Brownington, Sharon Calvert of Key Largo, Florida, Karla Carnarius and her husband, Michael, of Suwanee, Georgia, Laurene Jones and her husband, Cliff, of Waterbury, Connecticut, and Belinda Townsend of Connecticut; her stepchildren:  Wanda Green of Middletown, Connecticut, Cindy Aston of Rhode Island, Beverly Volk and her husband, William, of Las Vegas, Nevada, Scott Cullins of Milldale, Connecticut, and Delma Smith of Florida; 15 grandchildren; and by 12 great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her sisters:  Carol Hornik and her husband, Peter, of Danbury, Connecticut, Donna Elliott, Buffalo, New York, and Cathy Farnon, Pocono, Pennsylvania; her brother Mike Elliott of Waterbury; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother Richard Elliott.

Funeral services were held on February 4, in Barton.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Lee M. Daubenschmidt

Lee M. Daubenschmidt, 82, of Island Pond died on January 18, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on March 4, 1931, in Colfax, Iowa.

On May 13, 1977, she married Albert Daubenschmidt, who survives her.

She was a secretary for the Medical College of VA.

She was predeceased by four brothers and one sister.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit fieldsElizabeth J. Fields

Elizabeth J. Fields, 59, of Newport died suddenly on January 27, 2014, in Newport.

She was born December 13, 1954, in Glens Falls, New York, to Elizabeth (St. Amour) Delorme and the late Richard Baker.  She married Gerald Fields, who survives her.

Ms. Fields’ hobbies included fishing, shopping, and being with her family.

She is survived by her husband Gerald Fields of Newport; her children:  Lori Baker of Oregon, Tausha Baker of Newport, Virginia Tullis of Newport, Peter Coleman of Newport, and Melissa Benway of St. Albans; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her mother Elizabeth Delorme of Florida; her siblings:  Debbie Aldrich of Enfield, New Hampshire, and Linda Mossey Phoenix, Arizona, Mark Marshall of Newport, Jackie Mossey of Newport, Louis Mossey of Burlington, Richard Baker Jr. of Milton, Donna Mossey of Burlington, Beverly Sena of Burlington, Diane Baker of Florida, and Sandy Turco of Ludlow, and Joe Baker of Burlington; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two sisters:  Theresa and Ruth.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADonald Leon Griffes

Donald Leon Griffes, 82, of East Charleston died on January 30, 2014, at the Newport Health Care Center after a lengthy illness.

He was the husband of Beulah E. (Gardner) Griffes, with whom he shared 52 years of marriage.

Born in Jackson, Michigan, he was son of the late Eddie and Elizabeth Griffes.

Mr. Griffes was an active member of his community serving as a Vermont state legislator in the late ’70s, as Orleans County Republican chairman for several years, on the state Republican Committee for many years, as a school board chairman, and as town moderator for a number of years.  He was an active member of the Nazarene Church, and served in a number of positions over the years.

Shortly after arriving in Vermont in 1970, he founded Northeast Vermont Sheet Metal, which he operated out of his garage in East Charleston.  His first major job, ironically, was working on the construction of the “new” Newport Health Care Center building, fabricating and installing the ventilation duct system.  In 1982, the business was moved to East Main Street in Newport, and later incorporated into NEVTEC.  In 1995, he retired and his son, Len, became president of the company, and moved NEVTEC to its current location on Airport Road, in 2005.

Before moving to Vermont, Mr. Griffes lived in Jackson, where he was a farmer, worked in the sheet metal trade, started two retail businesses, and taught sheet metal at Jackson Community College.

He loved fishing, hunting, and gardening and was known for the large vegetable gardens he planted and harvested each year.

He had a great love of family whom he prayed for daily and of the Lord Jesus Christ.  His greatest desire was to pass his Christian heritage onto his family that they, too, might be followers of Christ.  He has left a great legacy here.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by six children:  Shirley Walter and her husband, Jack, of the Bahamas, Michael Griffes and his wife, Debbie, of Alexandria, Virginia, Sharon Manchester and her husband, C.J., of Cambridge, Leonard Griffes and his wife, Donna, of Coventry, Jonathan “Jay” Griffes and his wife, Kim, of Dover, New Hampshire, and Sheryl Hosford and her husband, Gary, of Newport; 17 grandchildren:  Emily Bradley, Philip McCarrell, James Griffes, Caroline Hilliker, David Griffes, Jennifer Gabriel, Christopher Manchester, Sarah Manchester, Emily Griffes, Rebecca Griffes, Joshua Griffes, Kelsie Griffes, Alexander Griffes, Kristin Hosford, Megan Hosford, Calvin Hosford, and Cole Hosford; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a brother, Daniel Griffes of Burlington; as well as by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visiting hours will be held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Friday, February 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.  Funeral services and a celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, February 8, at the Derby Community Church in Derby, at 11 a.m.  Interment will be in the spring at the Hillside Cemetery on Church Hill Road in East Charleston.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the East Charleston Church of the Nazarene, care of Beulah Griffes, 426 Farrant Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, care of Len Griffes, 227 Lane Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit leroy hastingsLeroy Nelson Hastings Jr.

After a lifetime of compassionate service, the Reverend Leroy N. Hastings, 92, died in Derby on January 27, 2014.

Roy (as he preferred to be called) often said he couldn’t distinguish his daily work from his recreation.  Such an attitude is clearly evidenced by his many friends, within, as well as beyond, the confines of his parishes.

The Reverend Hastings was born in Palmer, Massachusetts, on June 6, 1921, a son of Leroy Sr. and Mary Jane (Brown) Hastings who, during their working lives, managed institutional farms.  His formal education began in the public schools of Worcester County and continued with his earning a bachelor’s degree, A.B. in social studies at Clark University in Worcester, Class of 1943.

After graduation, he taught history for four years at Groveland High School.  In 1948 he entered Hartford (Connecticut) Theological Seminary, earning a master’s degree in 1951.  Nineteen fifty-one also saw his marriage to fellow student Roseanne Walvoord of Edinburg, Ohio, his ordination to the Christian ministry by the Worcester South Association of the Massachusetts Conference of Congregational Churches, and a call to ministry of the three-point parish of East St. Johnsbury, Waterford, and Concord, Vermont.

In 1956, the Reverend Hastings began his tenure at the yoked parishes of Orleans, Brownington Village, Brownington Center, and Evansville.  In 1965 he moved to Chester, New Jersey, and in 1971, he began a 14-year charge at Whitman, Massachusetts.

Upon retirement, he made his residence with his wife in Brownington.  Dissatisfied with inactivity, he resumed service, first in Coventry, then Westfield, and later at the Newport United Church (a five-year co-ministry with the Reverend Martha Peck).  His work was honored with his being named pastor emeritus in the Whitman and Brownington churches.

In addition to his professional life, the Reverend Hastings enjoyed the out-of-doors and nature study, reading and Bible study, collecting U.S. stamps and coins, working in stained glass, calligraphy, and, most of all, being with his loving wife, Roseanne, who predeceased him in February of 2005.

He is survived by his son Mark and his wife, Kim, of Brownington; his son Timothy of Westmore; his grandchildren:  Jacob and Mary Alison Hastings, and Derek and Jamison Bell; and by his great-grandchildren:  Candence Ann Hastings and Derek Dakota Dean Bell.

He was predeceased by his wife, Roseanne; by his sister Beatrice Earnshaw of Hesperia, California; and by his daughter Sandra Bell of Fall River, Massachusetts.

A memorial service was observed on February 1 at the Brownington Congregational Church in Brownington Village.  Interment at Brownington Village Cemetery will follow in the spring.

It is the wish of the deceased and his family that contributions be made to the Brownington Congregational Church (UCC) for the church building fund, in care of Yvonne Mandeville, treasurer, Coventry Station Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

obit JohnsonAnna Irene Johnson

Anna Irene Johnson, 77, of Orleans died peacefully on January 27, 2014, in Barton.

She was born on April 14, 1936, in Canaan, to Earl and Margaret (Edwards) Gray.

On April 19, 1954, she married Robert H. Johnson Sr., who predeceased her.

She was employed as a teller for the Howard Bank for many years, then as a clerk for the village of Orleans.

She was a past member of the Island Pond and Orleans American Legion auxiliaries, and a past Pythian Sister.

She liked to travel and attend family gatherings, especially on Saturday nights at the farm.  She was an avid reader, she enjoyed trips with Community Circle, and her biggest loves were her grandchildren and her great-granddaughter.

She also had an extensive lighthouse collection.

She is survived by her children:  Robert Johnson and his wife, Teresa, of Danville, Steven Johnson and his wife, Lisa, of Orleans, and Kathy Reilly and her husband, Mark, of Milton; her grandchildren:  Erik and Brett Johnson, Justin and Samantha Johnson, and Kaitlin and Megan Reilly; and by her great-granddaughter Makayla Johnson.  She is also survived by her sisters:  Gleigh Heath and her husband, Bill, of Island Pond, Charlotte Gunn of Island Pond, Pat Gray of St. Johnsbury, and Virginia Wing and her husband, Alan, of Island Pond; her sisters-in-law:  Norma Stahler of Wheelock, June Ellis of Gorham, New Hampshire, Gunda Gray of Danville, and Monique Gray of Coventry; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased her sister Marilyn Wade; and by her brothers:  Earl “Sonny” Gray Jr., Glenn Gray and Niles “Jody” Gray.

Services will be held on Saturday, February 8, at 11 a.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 1199 Railroad Street in Island Pond, with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating.

Friends may call at the funeral home on February 8, from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Spring interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Maple Lane Nursing Home Employee Fund, 60 Maple Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit lucasEtta R. Lucas

Etta R. Lucas, 88, of Newport died peacefully on January 27, 2014, in Glover.

She was born February 18, 1925, in Newport Center to George and Harriett (Wescott) Horskins.  On January 25, 1941, she married Allen Lucas, who predeceased her on April 6, 2011.

Mrs. Lucas enjoyed knitting, crocheting, quilting, flowers and plants.

She is survived by her children:  Michael Lucas and his wife, Sue, of Coventry, Anthony Lucas and his wife, Diane, of North Troy, and Sandra Lucas and her companion, Claudette Thibeau, of Bradenton, Florida; her grandchildren:  Curt Lucas and his wife, Amie, of Derby, Amy Brasseur and her husband, Robert, of Newport, and Laura Lucas of Westford; her great-grandchildren:  Angel and her fiancé, Justin Brock, Olivia Lucas, Skyler Lizotte, Caleb Brasseur, and Zade Royce; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sisters:  Hazel Cass, Hilda Philips, and Lila Lucas; and by her brothers:  Adelbert and Enoch Horskins.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 31, at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Union House Activities Fund, 3086 Glover Road, Glover, Vermont 05839.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit montminyBruce W. Montminy Sr.

Bruce W. Montminy Sr., 73, of Brandon, formerly of Derby, died suddenly on January 29, 2014, in Calais.

He was born on August 10, 1940, in Glover, to Floyd and Myrtle (Ticehurst) Montminy.

He was a lineman and line extension coordinator for Citizens Utilities for over 30 years before retiring.

He enjoyed watching the Little Leaguers and NASCAR on television, playing cribbage with his children and friends, and doing handy work for others and himself.

He is survived by his children:  Tami Perron and her husband, Lenwood, of Glover, Brian Montminy and his wife, Sherry, of Glover, and Bruce Montminy Jr. of Glover; his girlfriend Judy Bruneau; his grandchildren:  Brandon Perron and his wife, Jennifer, Bridget Degreenia and her husband, Terry, Ashley Montminy, Brian Montminy and his wife, Christie, Olivia Montminy, and Siara Montminy; his great-grandchildren:  Caitlyne, Terri, Noah, Wyatt, Julia, and Dakota; his brothers:  Roy Montminy of Connecticut, and Joseph Montminy and his wife, Sandy, of Connecticut; his sister Cecile Brown and her husband, Richard, of Virginia; the mother of his children Elizabeth Montminy of Glover; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers:  Ralph Montminy and Forrest Montminy Sr.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Division, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to Disabled American Veterans Association, care of Winston Dowland, Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to an animal shelter of one’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Michael P. Perkins Jr.

Michael P. Perkins Jr. 31, of Tunbridge died on January 23, 2014, at Mt. Ascutney Hospital after an almost ten-year battle with cancer.

He was born on July 30, 1983, to Michael Perkins Sr., currently of Hartford, and Elizabeth Picken of Brownington.

Michael was diagnosed with a glioblastoma at the age of 21, and at the time was expected to live only 18 months — but he never let that stop him.  Instead of living like he was dying, he lived like he was not.  He faced impossible odds and always strove forward with his head high.  He was a true survivor.  He had the heart of a warrior with a true passion for life.  He was an inspiration to all who knew him.  He was treated at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in the Norris Cotton Cancer Center undergoing radiation, chemotherapy, surgery and clinical trials.  He always said he would be forever indebted and grateful for the care that he received there and attributes the oncology team with giving him a chance at life.

It was because of that exemplary care that he married Emily Hackett of South Royalton in 2008, and with her had two daughters, Robyn, age five, and Alexandra, age four.

Mr. Perkins enjoyed being outdoors.  His favorite pastime was “hooking for lakers,” with his late grandfather Robert Picken, with whom he shared a deep bond.  Fishing was an activity that he also enjoyed sharing with his children.

In addition to his parents and family, he is survived by his grandmother Shirley Picken of Brownington; and by his siblings:  Robert “Bobby” Perkins, age 28, of Oakley Utah, Mary Rhodes, 16, of Brownington, and Jonah Rhodes, 13, of Brownington.

A memorial service will be announced in the spring at the convenience of the family.

obit tourangeauMichael Tourangeau

Michael Tourangeau, 48, died peacefully on January 23, 2014, with family and friends by his side.

He was born on February 10, 1965, in Keene, New Hampshire, to Ruth (Woodcock) Tourangeau and the late Fred Tourangeau.

Before moving to Nashua, New Hampshire, in 2003, he grew up and attended schools in Vermont.

He was a very sensitive and caring person.  He loved the outdoors and enjoyed taking photographs of nature.

He is survived by his sons:  Jacob Tourangeau of Newport, and Trevor Foley of Jeffersonville; his mother Ruth (Woodcock) Tourangeau of Newport; his brother Brent Tourangeau of Richardson, Texas; his sister Leona and her husband, Royal Smith, of Lebanon, Maine; his nieces:  Tonya, Nicholette, Katherine of Maine, and Juliet of Texas; his aunt Myrtle and uncle Tony La Croix of Maine; his aunt Joyce and uncle Carlton Billado of Vermont; his aunt Patty and Gerald Corbett of New York; his uncle Jimmy Tourangeau of Vermont; and by several cousins.

He was predeceased by his daughter Elizabeth; and by his father Fred Tourangeau.

Mr. Tourangeau was loved and taken care of by his companion, Jennifer Tarbox, of Nashua, New Hampshire, and her family; and by his longtime friends:  Uwe, John, Ron, Maryellen, Janice and Rachel.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Obituaries January 29, 2014

obit DarlingDonald A. Darling Sr.

Donald A. Darling Sr., 83, of Craftsbury died on January 22, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on February 18, 1930, to Glen and Lillian (Marckres) Darling.

On April 26, 1949, he married the former Beryl Williams, who survives him.

He was a supervisor for various companies where he was a blaster on road construction.  He was a town selectman and a judge at the local fiddlers contests.  He enjoyed playing guitar, singing, hunting, snowmobiling, four-wheeling and he loved the outdoors.

He is survived by his wife Beryl Darling of Craftsbury; his children:  Loren Darling and his wife, Theresa, of Morrisville, Gary Darling and his wife, Julie, of Albany, Susan Waterhouse and her husband, David, of Craftsbury, Roy Darling of Craftsbury, Cheryl Bailey and her husband, Richard, of Craftsbury, Sarah Darling of Orleans, and Donald Darling Jr. and his wife, Sonja, of Craftsbury; 13 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Lee Darling; and by two sisters:  Dorothy Dezane and Lois Butler.

A graveside service will be held in the spring in Branch Cemetery in Craftsbury.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit FalconerLouise Bernice Percy Falconer

Louise Bernice Percy Falconer, 60, of West Charleston died on January 20, 2014, in Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, after complications from surgery, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Newport on August 26, 1953, to the late W.K. Percy and the late Alice Bishop Percy.

She loved to spend all the time she could with her grandkids who meant the world to her.  She loved to hit any and every yard sale she could always find, looking for that special treasure.  She also loved her flower gardens.  Many could see her picking flowers by the side of the road to expand her flower garden.  She was looking forward to doing some major work this summer to expand her garden.

She also loved to do arts and crafts; she was always making something for someone from a piece of something she found at a yard sale.  She loved her Christmas decorations and she was sure she never had enough and always looking for more to add to her collection.  She also loved Halloween.  You would never know what she was going to dress up as.  She would always make her own costumes and you would never recognize her when she came knocking at your door.  There was always a good laugh with that.

She would spend hours of her time just sitting doing puzzles, she so enjoyed them.

She was a one-of-a-kind person, always there to help someone.  She spent many hours selflessly taking care of others.  She loved to work with the elderly.  She was a true caregiver.  It would be nothing for her to pack up from her home and be gone for weeks if not months at a time to go to work and take care of people who either had surgery or who were suffering from Alzheimer’s or a case of dementia.  She had a special gift for this and she truly will be missed by many.

She is survived by the love of her life Robert McKinney of West Charleston; her daughter Rhonda Falconer; her son Chad Falconer and his wife, Dawn; her 5 wonderful grandchildren who she thought the world of:  Cody Glover, Cheyenne Falconer, Taylor, Conner and little Austin Falconer; her sisters:  Marion Tice, Jean Kelley, Shirley Percy, and Susan Vachon; her brothers:  Stewart Percy, Roland Percy and Rudolph Percy and their spouses; her very special nephews who thought the world of their Weez:  Michael and Matthew Miller of Littleton, New Hampshire, and Akuei Tice of Derby; and many more which include:  Tina Percy Miller, Angela and Daniel Tice, Rick and Ryan Kelley, Sheena Webster Sullivan, and Sonya Webster, Nicholas and Christopher Vachon, Ginger Percy Blow, Terri Percy Kasten, Tanya Percy Webster, Douglas Percy, and Larry and Pam Percy.

She was predeceased by her parents, Willey K. and Alice Bishop Percy; her brothers:  Richard, Ralph, and Lawrence Percy; and by her sister Joann Percy Monty.

Funeral services were held on January 26, in Newport.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit LaCourseDonald Elmer LaCourse

Donald Elmer LaCourse, 82, of Orleans died on January 23, 2014, in Newport.

He was born in 1931, to Alfred and Catherine LaCourse.  In 1954, he married Brenda June Brannan in England, while serving in the U.S. Air Force.

He was a decorated veteran achieving the rank of master sergeant, serving 21 years as a strategic Air Command Security Police Officer serving in England, Greenland, and numerous bases in the United States guarding presidents and dignitaries during his service.  He was also a mechanic.  After his discharge from the Air Force, he continued to work as a mechanic until his retirement.  With toolbox in hand he helped his children, grandchildren, relatives and friends repair their vehicles.  When unable to do the manual work, he advised them how to make the repairs themselves.

He was an avid hunter especially enjoying hunting in Vermont and South Dakota.  When able, he enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren’s sporting events.  He especially enjoyed watching Joe and David play hockey.

He would always lend a helping hand whether a friend or a stranger, and although his exterior was gruff he was extremely kind hearted.  He was a great storyteller whose big fish stories got bigger.

He is survived by his wife Brenda LaCourse of Orleans; his daughter Donna Bennett and her husband, Dave; his sons:  Scott LaCourse and his wife, Tina, and Glenn LaCourse; his grandchildren:  Windy and Jeff Currier, Joe and Becky Rollins, David and Jessie Bennett, Leigh and Kelly, and Brannan LaCourse, Marrissa LaCourse and Dale LaCourse; his great-grandchildren:  Brett, Paige, Kaylee, Amaya, Isaiah, Lyllian, Karyn, Dominic, Cede, Promise, Mia, Nicholas, Brie, Dyion, Shane, Blaze, and Harlie; several nieces, and nephews; and by his beloved dogs:  Dora, Trouble and Chip.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sons:  Paul and Dale LaCourse; his daughter Nicki Rollins; his brother Norbert LaCourse; his sisters:  Elsinore Lanoue, and Evelyn McMahon; and by his nephew Ronnie LaCourse.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., on Wednesday, January 29, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Friends may call at the funeral home on January 29, from 2 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Spring interment will be in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to Disabled American Veterans, in care of Winston Dowland, Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit MartinBruce Al Martin

Bruce Al Martin, 65, of Craftsbury died suddenly on January 25, 2014, at his home.

He was born on May 28, 1948, in Newport, to Percy and Jeannette (Atwood) Martin Anderson.

On October 16, 1970, he married Sheryl Allen, who survives him.

He graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1966 and later entered the United States Army and served his country during the Vietnam War.  He was a lifetime dairy farmer and logger.  He retired as the road commissioner for the town of Craftsbury in 1995.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Morrisville, the American Legion in Hardwick, and he was past commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Hyde Park.  He was a former member of the Craftsbury area school board and he coached sports of all ages and volunteered for many hours.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, cutting wood, logging, maple sugaring, haying, going to hunting camp, attending basketball games and watching his son Mike race on the weekends.  He was a New York Yankees fan and he enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Sheryl Martin of Craftsbury; two children:  Michelle Martin of Craftsbury, and Michael Martin and his wife, Francheska, of Craftsbury Common; his mother Jeannette Anderson of Craftsbury; and by two grandchildren:  Abigail and Stephen Martin.  He is also survived by his brothers:  Roger Martin and his wife, Patty, of Craftsbury, Paul Martin and his wife, Rita, of Albany, and Randy Martin and his wife, Micki, of Craftsbury; his sisters-in-law:  Janet Nelson of Albany, and Marion Allen of Burlington; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father Percy Martin in 1963; and by his stepfather Robert Anderson in 2008.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, January 29, at the Craftsbury Academy gymnasium, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Thursday, January 30, with the Reverend Alan Parker officiating.  Spring interment will be in Craftsbury Common Cemetery with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Craftsbury Academy Sports Activities Fund, P.O. Box 73, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit McCoyLoretta S. McCoy

Loretta S. McCoy, 83, of Orleans died peacefully on January 21, 2014, in Newport.

She was born January 29, 1930 in Brownington, to Ezekiel and Cecil (Dumont) Perry.

On February 11, 1956, she married Dale C. McCoy, who survives her.

She was a mail carrier for the United States Post Office, where she retired after 20 years of service.

She was a member of St. Theresa’s Guild and she was always ready to give the church a hand.  She was an excellent cook much to the delight of her family.  She enjoyed gardening, flowers and bird watching especially cardinals, hummingbirds and chickadees.

Her family was the love of her life and she always looked forward to their visits, which brought her great comfort and joy.

She is survived by her husband Dale McCoy of Orleans; her children:  Harold D. McCoy and his wife, Andrea Brightenback, of Hardwick, David J. McCoy and his wife, Diane, of Walden, Julie A. McCoy and her partner, Gary Brown, of Hardwick, Timothy J. McCoy and his wife, Kathy, of Brownington, Steven A. McCoy and his wife, Sheryl, of Irasburg, Amy M. Morley and her husband, Michael, of Albany, and Laurie J. Rice and her husband, Robert, of Brownington.  She is also survived by 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters:  Clemence LeBlond of Jay, and Claire Lyon of Brownington; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two sisters:  Blanche Coates and Mary Ann Darling; and by her brothers:  Maurice, Noel, Francis, and Leon Perry.

Funeral services were held on January 25, in Orleans.  Spring interment will be in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans Ambulance Service, care of of Dot Collier, 1327 Dry Pond Road, Glover, Vermont 05839.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries January 22, 2014

Rene A. Cloutier

Rene A. Cloutier of Essex Junction died suddenly on January 9, 2014, in Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

He was born on August 1, 1942, in Barton, the son of Raoul and Charlotte (Griffin) Cloutier.

He graduated from Barton Academy in 1960, and also graduated from Champlain College.  He served his country in the Army as a paratrooper in the early 1960s.

He was employed with IBM for 39 years and was a resident of Underhill for many years.

He enjoyed gardening, skiing, theater, motorcycles, and he loved his dogs, whom always came from the Humane Society of Chittenden County.

He will be sadly missed by his family, friends and community.

He is survived by his seven brothers and sisters:  Victor Cloutier and his wife, Carol, of Wolfboro, New Hampshire, Ronald Cloutier and his wife, Colleen, of Barton, Gerald Cloutier and his wife, Sharon, of Colchester, Rosemary Cloutier Badeau of Barre, Jeanine Cloutier Kelley and her husband, Roy, of Brockton, Massachusetts, Aime Cloutier and his wife, Linda, of Newport, and Carl Cloutier and his wife, Nancy, of Colchester; his stepdaughters:  Tara Bouchard of Fayetteville, New York, and Tracy Darcangelo of Badlinsville, New York; his stepsons:  Shawn Finnegan and his wife, Gail, of Gambrills, Maryland, and Patrick Finnegan and his wife, Martha, of Perth, Australia; and by many nieces, nephews, stepgrandchildren, and dear friends.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife Mary Anne Cloutier; his brother Andre Cloutier; and by his special partner in life of recent years, Sheila Roberts.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Chittenden County, 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington, Vermont 05403; or to the Arthritis Foundation, 133 North Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309; or to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22311.

obit DamonRobert “Bob” C. Damon

Robert “Bob” C. Damon, 86, of Morgan died on January 17, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on August 28, 1928, in West Burke, to Fenton and Mildred (Ball) Damon.

On May 1, 1954, he married Gisele Coderre, who survives him.

He entered the United States Army and served from 1950 to 1952.

He was employed as a machinist by Tivoli, where he retired in 1990.

His hobbies included fishing, hunting, woodworking, carpentry, gardening and bird watching.

He is survived by his wife Gisele Damon of Morgan; his children:  Rita Moulton of Newport Center, Suzanne Moulton and her husband, Jerry, of Holland, and Corrinne Moulton and her husband, Duane, of Charleston; his grandchildren:  Amanda Glover and her husband, Steve, Corydon Moulton, Brandy Moulton, Roxanne Moulton, Shontel Moulton, Abby Smith and her husband, Ian, Megan Longley and her husband, Wayne Jr., Matthew Moulton, and Andrea Moulton; ten great-grandchildren; his sister Betty Bowen of North Pomfret; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three sisters:  Marion, Louise, and Evelyn.

Funeral services were held on January 21, in Newport.  Spring interment will be in East Charleston Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be sent to Gisele Damon, 267 Mead Hill, Morgan, Vermont 05853.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit DicksonMarilyn Annie Dickson

Marilyn Annie Dickson, 57, of Albany died on January 19, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on October 13, 1956, in Hardwick, a daughter of Ralph and Ada (Newcomb) Reed.

In 1975, she married Eugene Dickson, who survives her.

She was the secretary for Sterling Services in Morrisville, a Licensed Nursing Assistant for Genesis Nursing Home in Morrisville, and was also a volunteer for the Memorial Cancer Network for five years.

She held a membership at the American Legion Auxiliary Post #7 and also at the VFW Post #779 of Hyde Park.  She graduated from the Community College of Vermont with an associate of business degree.

She enjoyed dancing, crafts, traveling, going to lawn sales, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Eugene Dickson of Albany; her five daughters:  Sabrena Ducharme and her husband, William, of Walden, Della Hall and her husband, Ricky, of Greensboro Bend, Marilyn J. Gaudette of Newport, Dolida Kennison of Hardwick, and Marena Mead and her husband, Ken, of Hyde Park; her brothers and sisters:  Linda Clark and her husband, Joe, of Wolcott, Evelyn Perry and Larry Patoine of Hardwick, Lawrence Reed and his wife, Cindi, of Montpelier, and Lisa Dyke of White Falls, New Hampshire; several nieces and nephews; her grandchildren:  Timothy, Joshua, Troy, and Nicole Ducharme, Kyle and Roxanne Hall, and Jason, Jolene, Etta, Danielle, Daphne, and Gene; and by 12 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents Ralph and Ada Reed; her stepfather Clyde Dyke; and by her brothers and sister:  Lenard Reed, George Dyke, and Florence Peck.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch & Davis Funeral Home in Craftsbury Common, from 1 to 3 p.m., on Wednesday, January 22.  A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit DillRichard E. Dill

Richard E. Dill, 90, of Newport died on January 14, 2014, after a long battle with cancer.

He was born on May 14, 1923, in Detroit, Michigan, son of Jay and Marie (Eccles) Dill.

On June 6, 1953, he married Claire Hebard, who predeceased him on March 4, 2000.

Mr. Dill was a World War II veteran, having served in combat in Patton’s army in southern Germany in the last three months of that war.  After being honorably discharged in 1946, he pursued studies at Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, Ohio, earning a degree in mechanical engineering in 1949.  He continued his studies at Harvard Law School, earning a law degree in 1952.

He was a member of the Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire bars, practicing law in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for many years.  He was awarded a 50-years-of-practice plaque from the New Hampshire Bar Association.  Having become a member of the Vermont Bar in 1998, he opened his office in Island Pond and actively practiced law until his retirement in 2011, when he transferred his practice to his law partner, Dan Keenan.

Of special note, his main hobby was photography and, in particular, capturing steam locomotives in action.

He is survived by his children:  Charlton Dill and his wife, Lisa, of Lee, New Hampshire, Lauren Dill of Littleton, New Hampshire, and Melinda Birch and her husband, Scott, of Derby; his grandchildren:  Alden Dill and his wife, Catherine, of Deerfield New Hampshire, Carl Dill and his wife, Iscanyi, of Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas, Mark Dill and his fiancée, Dahlia Sawtelle, of Lee, Andy and his wife, Sarah Birch, of Addison, and Jared Birch of Derby; his great-grandchildren:  Charlotte and Emory Dill of Deerfield, and Aiden and Ian Dill of Sheppard Air Force Base; his nephew Robert Dill and his wife, Phoebe, of Newcastle, Delaware; his niece Karen and her husband, Gene, of Peaks Island, Maine; and his companion of ten years, Eileen Earp.

He was predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Claire Dill; his infant son, Norman McConnell Dill; his brother, Jay Edwin Dill; and by his parents.

Funeral services were held on January 20, in Brownington.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Brownington Congregational Church, care of Yvonne Mandeville, 4335 Coventry Station Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit DoucetteFrederick E. Doucette Sr.

Frederick E. Doucette Sr., 81, formerly of Derby and Island Pond, died on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.

He was born in Manhattan, New York, on April 28, 1932, a son of George and Edith (Holgate) Doucette.

He served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, and his dog Patches.  He also enjoyed farming when he was younger, and was an avid Yankees fan.  He liked to visit with family, friends, and even strangers.

Mr. Doucette was a judge for the state as well as New England Golden Gloves competitions.  He was a member of the Island Pond Post #80 American Legion and was a 4th degree of the Knights of Columbus and past member of the Lions Club.

He is survived by his sons: Frederick Jr. and his wife, Joanne, of Monkton, and Geoffrey and his wife, Jennifer, of North Carolina; his daughter-in-law Ethel Steady of Maryland; his grandchildren:  Amy, Andrew, Graham and Reagan Doucette, and Renee Steady; his great-grandsons:  David Paul Steady of Maryland, and stepson Michael McKee of Augusta, Georgia; his brother George and his wife, Lois, of Rhode Island; his sister Ellen DeMarco and her husband, Carmen, of Connecticut; and by his sister-in-law Sylvia Doucette of Arkansas.

He was predeceased by his first wife Francelia in June of 2002; his second wife Sandra Crowe in July of 2013; his stepson David Steady; his granddaughter Christina Steady; and by a brother, Robert.

Services will be held in the spring at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond with date and time to be announced.

Contributions in his name may be made to The Newport Health Care & Rehabilitation Center, care of the activities fund, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at: www.curtis-britch.com.

obit gleasonElaine N. Gleason

Elaine Nancy Gleason, 74, died on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at the Woodridge Health & Rehab Center in Berlin.

Born in Johnson, on September 1, 1939, she was the adopted daughter of the late William and Doris Haire.  Her birth mother was Mary Pease, who has also died.

In 1960, she married Lawrence Gleason Sr., who predeceased her on April 19, 2011.

Ms. Gleason worked as a farmhand for several years.  After moving to Barre, she worked for a short period of time at the Salvation Army Store.

She had many interests including collecting cow knickknacks, playing bingo and card games, going to church, doing word search puzzles, and reading newspapers, books, and magazines.  She was happiest when spending time with her children and their spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include three sons:  Larry Jr. of Barre, Randy of Holland, and Brian of Portland, Oregon; three daughters:  Doris Royce of Washington, Laura of West Charleston, and Denise of Barre; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers; and two sisters.

She was predeceased by her husband Lawrence; and by a son, Steven.

At her request, there will be no calling hours.  A private burial will be at the convenience of the family.  A family gathering is planned for the spring.

obit lussierRoger R. Lussier

Roger R. Lussier, 82, of Lyndonville died peacefully on Monday afternoon, January 13, 2014, at the Pine’s Rehabilitation and Health Center in Lyndonville, surrounded by his family.

He was born on May 21, 1931, in East Albany, the son of Antonio and Georgiana (Letourneau) Lussier.  On June 28, 1952, he married Evelyn Walker of Sheffield.

During his life, he was an astute businessman who undertook many endeavors including farming, auctioneering, sales, banking and real estate.

Personal interests included spending time with family and friends at the camps on Shadow Lake and Marl Pond, hunting, fishing, playing cards, casual dinners and many years piloting his own plane.  He was a member of the Benton Masonic Lodge #88 of Guildhall and the Walden Club, where he enjoyed the fellowship of meeting new and old friends.

Mr. Lussier valued and understood strong work ethics and the meaning of a handshake.  He was a steward of the land and felt a strong connection to it as well as the people who worked it.  He also admired and respected the Native American way of life.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 62 years, Evelyn Lussier of Lyndonville (P.O. Box 192, 05851); four children:  Reginald Lussier and his wife, Heidi, of Kirby, Kathleen Pearl and her husband, Ronald, of Lyndon, Richard Lussier and his wife, Virginia, of Lyndon, and David Lussier and his wife, Lise, of Lyndon; three brothers:  Bert Lussier of Richford, Noel Lussier and his wife, Barbara, of Florida, and Bernie Lussier and his wife, Linda, of Craftsbury; three sisters:  Lucille Sanville of Craftsbury, Yolande Bracci of Florida, and Lorraine Lussier of Hardwick; a sister-in-law, Bea Lussier, of Berkshire; 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; his son Steven Lussier in 2011; a brother, Laurant Lussier; and a sister, Marielle Stone.

A memorial service was held on January 20, in Lyndonville.  Spring committal services are planned for Wednesday, May 21, at 3 p.m., at William-Dexter Cemetery in Sheffield.

Donations made in his memory may be directed to The Pine’s Rehabilitation and Health Center, marked for the staff’s continuing education and training fund, 601 Red Village Road, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851.

Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.guibordfh.com.

Patty Paige

Patty Paige, 67, of Brownington died on Wednesday, January 15,2014, in Orwell, at the home of her brother, Peter.

She was born in Enosburg on November 23, 1946, a daughter of Ernest Paige and Glenna Pudvah.

She received her education in Richford.

She worked at various places until she found her niche in traffic control, retiring because of illness in October of 2013.

Her hobbies included gardening, where she took great pride in passing flowers from generation to generation, and bird watching.  A great lover of animals, she rescued many including her chicken, Bella.

Survivors include her sister Mary Greenwood and her husband, Norman, of Poultney; her brother Peter Paige and his wife, Joanne, of Orwell; her nieces:  Brenda Zajicek and Stacey Paige Guyette; her nephews:  Mike Greenwood and Joshua Paige; and many grand-nieces and -nephews.  She is also survived by her beloved four-legged friend, Manny.

She was predeceased by her parents and by a brother, Roger Casavant.

A memorial service will be held in the spring.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, Vermont 05753.

obit philipsRoderick Charles Phillips

Roderick Charles Phillips, 78, died peacefully in Tucson, Arizona, on January 11, 2014.

He was born on December 24, 1935, in Irasburg to Clare and Barbara (Lanou) Phillips.

He went to Irasburg Graded School, graduated from Orleans High School in 1953, and attended St. Johnsbury Trade School.

In 1955, he enlisted in the Air Division of the navy and was stationed in Alameda, California, while spending time overseas patrolling the seas of Japan.  He married Marlene (Skeet) Lafoe in 1956, who, after 47 years of marriage, predeceased him in 2003.

In 1959, he returned to Vermont and purchased the Gulf Service Station in Barton where he and his wife made their home.  They ran the business for 17 years which provided towing, snowplowing, and auto mechanic services.  They sold the business in 1977 and he went to work for Barton Motors where he was employed for twenty years.

After retiring, he continued to keep busy by delivering parts for Sanel in the Northeast Kingdom in the summer, selling pumpkins, Christmas trees, and fireworks in West Palm Beach, Florida, then traveling west, meeting up with fellow snowbirds in Arizona.  He traveled to every state with his fifth wheel camper except Hawaii.  All across America he made friends with all he met as he truly enjoyed people and loved to share his stories through his unique style and one could count on him to voice his opinion.  In his spare time he enjoyed snowmobiling, entertaining at camp, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.

He supported his community and belonged to the Barton Fire Department, Orleans Lions Club (receiving the Melvin Jones Fellow award) and Orleans Legion Post #23.

Survivors include his daughter Martha Perron and her husband, David; his son Michael; his grandchildren:  Phillip Perron and his wife, Laura, Elizabeth Perron and her fiancé, Bruce Thomas, Roy Phillips and his wife, Annie, and Courtney Phillips and her partner, Ryan Ovitt; his great-grandchildren:  Willow, Ember, Colby, Claire, George, Jillian and Natalie; his nephew Bradley Chase; and by his special lady friend, Mary Ann Lisk.

He was predeceased by infant sons Mark and Carl; his parents, Clare and Barbara; his wife, Marlene (Skeet); and by his sister Rolinda (Dinny) Chase.

He will be laid to rest where he began his life, in Irasburg, in the spring.

obit PlanteDiane Plante

Diane Plante, 56, died peacefully on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

Born in Newport on March 26, 1957, she was a daughter of Gille and Lillian (Dalisle) Plante of Orleans.

She was born and raised in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, and was a high school graduate of Lake Region Union High School.

As a little girl, she loved all her friends on the farm and would enjoy every moment with the ones she loved.  Lady Di was a free spirited woman with a joyous personality; those who knew her can recall her contagious laughter and smile.

Willoughby Lake and Crystal Lake were like her second home, as she loved the water and the great outdoors.  During her leisure time she enjoyed gardening, to make use of her impressive green thumb.  She had a huge heart and would always express her love for the people in her life.

She is survived by her beloved son and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Kelly Plante, and their two beautiful children, Berlynn and Brylee; her siblings:  Linda Plante of Orleans, and Robert Plante and his significant other, Marguerite Deschesneaux, of Irasburg; and by her nieces and nephews:  Jennifer Cote of Jay, Jonathan Charles of Tampa, Florida, Jillian Charles of Williston, Daniel Plante of Irasburg, and Andrew Plante of Williston.

Funeral services were held on January 18, in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Community National Bank, Attention:  Crystal Boutin, to benefit Berlynn and Brylee Plante, Barton, Vermont 05855

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at curtisbritch.com.

Carolyn “Lynn” Priest Washburn

Carolyn “Lynn” Priest Washburn, of Greenville, Michigan, formerly of St. Johnsbury, died on Thursday, January 9, 2014, in Carson City, Michigan, with her family at her side.

She was born July 17, 1928, in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Henry B. and Verna E. Priest, both natives of Irasburg.

She grew up in Verona, New Jersey, where her father taught English at Montclair High School for many years.

She graduated from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, in 1950, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.  Later, after she and her husband had raised their family, she earned a Master’s degree in special education from Eastern Michigan University and taught special education in the Farmington public schools for 17 years.  She had a great love for the children that she taught.

She especially enjoyed spending summers on beautiful Parker Pond in West Glover, at the summer camp that her parents built in 1937.  These summers held many special memories for her, and she has passed her love of Parker Pond on to her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, John M. Washburn III, whom she married on September 23, 1950; their children:  Christine Kohn and her husband, Thomas, of Greenville; David Washburn and his wife, Gail, of Ringwood, New Jersey, and Carol Keberly and her husband, Paul, of Plymouth, Michigan; her grandchildren:  Aaron Kohn and his wife, Katie, David Kohn and his wife, Kristen, Laura Kohn and her fiancé, Alexander, Jacqueline Washburn, Laura Sama and her husband, Andrea, Brian Washburn, Carolyn Rose and her husband, Jason, Jennifer Rasak, and Michael Rasak and his wife, Taylor; her great-grandchildren:  Madison and Payton Rose, Alyssa, Emily, and Daniel Kohn, and Noah and Charlotte Kohn; her sister Virginia Weston and her husband, Ralph; and by her sisters-in-law:  Jane Parker and Ann Samuels.

A graveside memorial service will take place this summer with interment in the Irasburg cemetery.

For those desiring to do so, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to either the John M. Washburn III and Carolyn P. Washburn Endowed Scholarship Fund at Alma College, 614 West Superior Street, Alma, Michigan 48801, or to the Old Stone House Museum, care of the Orleans County Historical Society, 109 Old Stone House Road, Brownington, Vermont 05860.

The family is being served by Hurst Funeral Home through which messages of condolence may be sent via www.hurstfuneralhome.com.

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Obituary January 15, 2014

 obit FieldDennis R. Field

Dennis R. Field, 69, of Tolland, Connecticut, died on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Lowell, son of the late Marshall Field and Lydia (Faucher) Hamel.

He retired after 39 years from United Technologies’ Pratt and Whitney Aircraft, having worked in process planning and as a machinist.

He enjoyed his family and friends, Red Sox baseball, his retirement, and his trips to the casino and Dunkin’ Donuts.

He loved the celebration of life, always had a smile on his face, and was a very kind and gentle man.

He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend of 46 years, Patricia “Pat” D. (Veilleux) Field; two sons:  Kevin R. Field and his companion, Meli Currie, of Boston, Massachusetts, and Marc R. Field of Hillsborough, North Carolina; three brothers and sisters-in-law:  Emmanuel and Shirley Field, Leonard and Sally Field, and Reginald and Theresa Field, all of New Hampshire; his in-laws:  George and Theresa Murphy of New Hampshire, Gaytan and Linda Veilleux of Vermont, and Richard and Donald Veilleux of Vermont; and by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and          -nephews, whom he loved very deeply.

His funeral was held on January 11, in Stafford Springs, Connecticut.  Burial followed in South Cemetery in Tolland.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Francis Care, 114 Woodland Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06105.

For online condolences, please visit www.introvignefuneralhome.com.

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Obituaries January 8, 2014

obit Witzmann-GraulJoan Witzmann-Graul

Joan Witzmann-Graul, 76, of East Charleston died on December 21, 2013, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

She was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on March 2, 1937, to parents Bee Bryan Howard and Fufil Carter.

She spent her first six years on a farm, where she developed a deep love of the earth.

At the age of six, she moved to San Diego, California, where, within months, she became a famous violin prodigy.  In her youth she performed many concerts as a violinist and organist.  She attended the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, where she studied violin with Louis Persinger, who would later become her husband.  They were married in 1956, and they lived in Manhattan.  Their union brought four children, named Lendanya, Lionel, Lemont and Lestra, nicknamed the “Four LPs.”

In 1966, Mr. Persinger died, due to cancer, at the age of 79.

In 1969, she married saxophonist Frank Witzmann, and welcomed three stepsons into her life.  They moved to Vermont in 1978, where they established their home in Winape Hills in East Charleston.  Mr. Witzmann died in 1997, due to Parkinson’s disease.

In September of 2006, she married Russell Graul, who was also a talented musician.  He died in November of 2007.

She continued to live at her home in Winape Hills until she died.

When she moved to Vermont, she quickly became involved in many local organizations.  She was president of the following:  the North Country Concert Association, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra regional board, the North Country Hospital Auxiliary, the Four Seasons Garden Club, the Charleston Historical Society, the Orleans County Historical Society, the Seymour Lake Homemakers, and the Seymour Lake Association.  She was vice-president of the following:  the Four Seasons Garden Club, and the Public Policy for the Orleans County Extension Homemakers Council.  She was a volunteer at North Country Hospital as art coordinator, a trustee of the Four Seasons Garden Club, a volunteer coordinator for public information for the Orleans County Historical Society, a volunteer for the Orleans County Extension Homemakers, a board member and freelance writer for the Newport Daily Express, and a volunteer gardener at North Country Hospital and the Old Stone House of Brownington.  She was also northern district director, state publicity chairman, and a board member of the Federated Garden Clubs of Vermont.

In addition to the numerous organizations she participated in, she also ran a garden therapy program for approximately ten years at Maple Lane Nursing Home.  She was an editor for the Vermont Leaf, a state publication of the Federated Garden Clubs of Vermont, sent nationwide.  She was also the recipient of many awards, including:  The Home Economics Award, from University of Vermont Extension Service; The Vermont Long Term Care Ombudsman Quality of Life Award, in recognition of outstanding contributions to the quality of life of long term care facility residents; the Community Service Award, from Community National Bank; and the Diamond Award for Outstanding Service, toward the betterment of our country.

She is survived by three of her children:  Lendanya Poetz and her husband, Mike, of Arizona, Lionel Persinger and his wife, Sue, of Burlington, and Lestra Seguin of Newport.  She is also survived by her three stepsons:  Alan, Chris, Terry and their families; and by her sister Eloise Duckworth of Hayti, Missouri.  She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, stepgrandchildren, and great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and, many, many dear friends.  She also leaves her precious dog, Ollie, and her cat, Marbles, and also, her “other” pets:  Dolly, Tommy, and Oreo.

She was predeceased by her son Lemont in 1993; and by her brother Bryan Gale Howard.

She was a wonderful influence on many lives, was truly loved, and will be greatly missed by all.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit whiteNeal P. White

The Reverend Neal P. White, 63, of Raymond, New Hampshire, died on Thursday, December 26, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with cancer, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, New Hampshire, with his loving family by his side.

He was born on November 9, 1950, in Burlington.  Raised in Orleans, he graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 1968.  He attended Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, receiving his Bachelor of Science in social sciences in 1975.  In 1992, upon graduating from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., he became an ordained minister with the United Methodist Church.  He then went on to receive a Master of Divinity (MDIV) from Bethany Theological Seminary in 1995.

Before joining the ministry in the 1980s, he held positions at Ethan Allen, Butterfield, and as a deputy sheriff.  He was also a tanker in the armored division of the Vermont National Guard.  One profession that he held throughout his entire adult life was firefighting.  He was a volunteer firefighter in Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire.  In 2007, after two decades of serving churches in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, Downeast Maine, and Massachusetts, he began serving the United Methodist churches of Raymond and North Salem, New Hampshire, where he also held the position of Chaplain for the Raymond fire and ambulance squads.

He was a history buff who will be forever remembered for his telling and retelling of stories, his love of food and the railroad, his zany sense of humor, and his bravery and kindness.  He also loved music, and playing the drums was one of his favorite pastimes.

He leaves his beloved wife Sally (Vermette) and their cats; his children:  Laura Hurler and her partner, Russell, of Chicopee, Massachusetts, Carol Scott and her husband, Jeremy, of Ware, Massachusetts, Tammy Baker and her husband, Bret, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, James White and his wife, Erica (Bischoff), of Granby, Massachusetts; his brothers:  Patrick White of Candia, New Hampshire, and Peter White of Hanover, New Hampshire; and by seven grandchildren who absolutely adored him.

He was predeceased by his father and mother, Alfred White and Patricia (Johnson) Hodgdon.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., on Sunday, January 12, at the North Salem Methodist Church.  A 4 p.m. dinner will follow at the Raymond United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Home Health and Hospice Care in Merrimack, New Hampshire; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Francis R. Valley

Francis R. Valley, 68, of Barton died suddenly on December 19, 2013, in Eden.

He was born on August 13, 1945, in Barton, to Leon and Geneva (Sheltra) Valley.

On September 28, 1974, he married Nancy Fleury, who survives him.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War.

He was a flagger for the North Vermont Traffic Control.

He enjoyed fishing, working and spending time with all his grandchildren, especially Alexis.

He is survived by his wife Nancy Valley of Barton; his children:  Joey Valley and his wife, Katrina, of Barton, Barbara Young and her husband, Milo, of Albany, and Tom Valley of Barton; his grandchildren:  Alexis, Jasmin, Joey Jr., Jenna, Maria, Ashley, and Naomi; his siblings:  Eddie Valley and his wife, Sandy, of Barton, Richard Valley of Barton, David Valley of Irasburg, Priscilla Parsons and her husband, Gerard, of Athol, Massachusetts, Rachel Solomon of Barton, and Madeline Krohn of Florida; and by the extended Valley family.

He was predeceased by one sister and two brothers.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Nancy Valley, 574 LeBlanc Road, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit TurkTammey S. Turk

Tammey S. Turk, 48, of Graniteville died on December 27, 2013, in Burlington.

She was born on December 3, 1965, in New London, Connecticut, to Norman and Leah (Cookson) Turk.

She loved camping, fishing, visiting with family and friends, and helping people.  She was known as a very kind and loving woman.

She is survived by her children:  Belinda Turk and her fiancé, Isaiah Surdam, of North Troy, and Nathaniel Kingsley of Holland; her fiancé Donald Coull of Graniteville; her grandson Kolten Norman Harold Surdam of North Troy; her mother Leah Cookson of Graniteville; her brother Christopher Skinner of Graniteville; her stepbrother Michael Skinner of Barre; and by her sister Sandra Boutin and her husband, Donald, of Orleans.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Belinda Turk and Nathaniel Kingsley, 51 Railroad Street, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit rowellMitchel “Mitch” L. Rowell

Mitchel “Mitch” L. Rowell, 60, of Albany died on December 23, 2013, at his home.

He was born on March 21, 1953, in Hardwick.

On March 1, 1975, he married Ethel Boulanger, who survives him.

He graduated from North Country Union High School in 1971.  On April 27, 1972, he entered the U.S. Marines infantry and served during the Vietnam War, and was honorably discharged on August 9, 1974.

His hobbies included lifting weights and drinking Bud on ice.  He loved helping other people, and he was known as “The Ridgerunner.”

He is survived by his wife Ethel Rowell of Albany; his children:  Andy Rowell and his wife, Britta, of Germany, and Cory Rowell and his wife, Desiree, of Essex Junction; his siblings:  Jimmy Rowell and his wife, Sue, of Brownington, Charlotte Cote of Hyde Park, Alan Rowell of Evansville, Harold Rowell and his wife, Pam, of Ashville, North Carolina, Rose Moodie and her husband, Armour, of Greensboro, Vivian Jones and her husband, Larry, of Chadsworth, Georgia, and Penny Herman and her husband, Mike, of Brownington; his foster mom Sadie Waters of Brownington; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Spring interment will be in Brownington Center Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit raboinAline Yvonne Raboin

Aline Yvonne Raboin, 51, of Newport, beloved wife of Maurice Raboin, died peacefully on December 23, 2013, in Newport, with her family by her side, after a long illness.

She was born on January 24, 1962, in Newport, a daughter of Rejean and Rita (Desrochers) LeBlanc.

On October 9, 1982, she married Maurice Raboin, who survives her.

She was a comptroller for Mulkin Automotive, and later Northpoint, for over 30 years.

She enjoyed camping with her husband, the children, extended family, and friends for over 16 years at Barrewood Campground.  Much to the delight of her family and coworkers, she enjoyed baking, especially desserts and buckeyes, and crafting.  She was the captain of several Relay For Life teams.

She is survived by her husband Maurice of Newport; her children:  Matthew Raboin of Newport, and Alissa Raboin and her husband, Ryan Heuser, of Morrisville; her parents:  Rejean and Rita LeBlanc of Lowell; her twin brother Alain LeBlanc and his wife, Laurie, of Lowell; her sister Joanne Bathalon and her husband, Robert, of Westfield; her father- and mother-in-law Robert and Rita (Choquette) Raboin of Lowell; her brothers-in-law:  Dennis Raboin of Lowell, and Michael Raboin and his wife, Carla, of Lowell; her sisters-in-law:  Claire Waterman and her husband, Mark, of Rutland, and Joanne Cyr and her husband, Mark, of Richmond; as well as by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on December 27, 2013, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport.  A spring interment will be held at the St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Oncology Department at North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit PorterRobert Jay Porter

Robert Jay Porter, 45, of Lowell died on December 31, 2013, at his home.

He was born on July 25, 1968, in Mansfield, Connecticut.

He enjoyed watching NASCAR and motor cross at Rider Hill.  He also enjoyed cookouts with his friends.

He was predeceased by his mother Dorothy Porter in 1989.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Pamela Ann Niles

Pamela Ann Niles, 60, of Shirley, Massachusetts, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 24, 2013, after a brief illness.

Born on September 20, 1953, she was the daughter of Durward and Rita (Breault) Collins.  She was raised in Newport, attending local schools.

She was a kind-hearted woman who enjoyed the simple things in life and her greatest pleasure was spending time with family.  She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who will be missed dearly by her family.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 43 years, Stuart B. Niles, of Shirley; her son Frankie Niles of Kentucky; her daughter Jessica Hatch and her husband, Robert, of Sandwich, New Hampshire; three grandchildren:  Bobby Jr., Ashley, and Kelly, all of Sandwich; her father Durward Collins of Westfield; her two brothers:  William Collins of Westfield, and Paul Collins and his wife, Ann, of Newport; her two sisters:  Carolyn Lesperance and her husband, Gordon, of Westfield, and Susan Pion and her husband, Gerard, of Lowell; and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her mother Rita Collins in 2009.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Humane Society in your local area; or you can also donate to your local chapter of the ASPCA.

For online condolences, visit www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com.

obit masonMayland Israel Mason

Mayland Israel Mason, 90, of Newport died on December 19, 2013, after a short illness.

He was born on May 12, 1923, in Lowell, a son of Adolphus Benjamin Mason and Virginia Mae (Gonyer) Mason.

On August 4, 1947, he married Madeleine Carmen Camirand, who predeceased him on March 13, 1996.

In his early years, he lived and worked on farms in Lowell, Irasburg and Albany.  In the late 1940s, he met, fell in love with, and married Madeleine in Newport.  After a few jobs as a bus driver, he settled on a job in auto repair, first working for his father-in-law, Leo Camirand, learning the auto body repair trade, and a few years later becoming manager of Camirand’s Auto Body.  In 1962, the team, as he would call them, of Mayland and Madeleine opened their own auto repair shop, Mason’s Auto Body, which they ran together until 1987 when they sold the family business.

Beginning in 1963, the team owned and operated rental units.  This was a business that Mr. Mason found occupied his time and led to many good friendships over the years.  The team would also buy, trade and sell cars and trucks under the name M&M Auto Sales during the years from 1962 to 1987.  This was an activity in which Mr. Mason took especially great satisfaction, again for the friendships that developed from the enterprise.

He was a proud member of the Gibbons Council Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree, and a member of Elks Lodge #2155.  He was appointed to and served on the local board of Area Office 001, Local Board 003, representing Orleans County for the Selective Service, for approximately ten years until August of 2003.

He is survived by his son Steven and his daughter-in-law Patricia Sears of Lowell; his grandson Justin Mason, and Justin’s mother Susan Reddan Westbrook; and by his very special great-granddaughter Kyla Ruth Mason, all of Marietta, Georgia.  He is also survived by his sister-in-law Dorothy Mason of Albany; his brother-in-law Bruce Farnham of Richmond; and by many nephews and nieces.

He was predeceased by three sisters:  Nellie Buzzell, Mildred Mountain, and Elizabeth Peters; and by four brothers:  Harley, Ira, Maynard and Lawrence.

Of special note, he was also predeceased by his great horse Conga, and his loving dogs Rex, Tippy, Cookie, and Magnum, and his beloved dog friends Jersey, Snoopy, Blizzard, Tramp and Daisy, and all the crows he fostered over the many years.  Jeepers, if you knew him, you know how much they all meant to him.

Spring interment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport, for which there will be a public notice.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Goodrich Memorial Library, 202 Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855-5000; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton-Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860-9028.

Online condolences may be made through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit lindgrenAudrey Anne Lindgren

Audrey Anne Lindgren died peacefully on Thursday, January 2, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her family, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born to Hervie and Laura Morissette on January 5, 1954, at the Newport hospital.

Most of her high school education took place in Karlsruhe, Germany, where her father was stationed in the military.  Her family returned home to the United States her senior year, and she graduated from North Country Union High School.

She married Jeffrey Lindgren on November 7, 1981.

After being out of school for 17 years, she attended Johnson State College and graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education.  Her family was extremely proud of this accomplishment.  She was a longtime employee of the state of Vermont, working for 16 years in a variety of roles.  Her most recent position was working for the Agency of Transportation in the commercial licensing division.

She was an incredible person who loved life, her family, pets and everyone she knew.  She was in turn loved by everyone because of her kind heartedness to all people and her incredible gift of accepting all individuals, and her deep appreciation of their unique characteristics.

She leaves behind her husband of 32 years, Jeffrey Lindgren; her son Chad Lindgren of Eden; her brother Harvey Morissette and his wife, Katie, of Morgan; her mother Laura Morissette of Johnson; her aunts:  Shirley Dunn of North Troy, Muriel Webb of Island Pond, and Joan Desbiens of Schenectady, New York; and by her beloved grandchildren:  Ryan Lindgren and Kelsey Putvain of Eden.

She was predeceased by her father Hervie Morissette.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 11, at 1 p.m., at St. John the Apostle Church in Johnson.  Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. on January 11, until the time of service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

obit hamiltonGeorge M. Hamilton Jr.

George M. Hamilton Jr., 81, died on December 28, 2013, with his family by his side, at Hillcrest Commons in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

He was a longtime resident of Lenox, Massachusetts, and a faithful communicant of St. Ann Church.

He was born to Katherine A. (Walsh) and George M. Hamilton Sr. on September 10, 1932, in Framingham, Massachusetts.  After graduating from Medfield High School in 1950, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving three years during the Korean Conflict.  Honorably discharged, he then earned a Baccalaureate Degree from Boston University and a Master’s Degree in education from North Adams State College.

He and Cecilia E. (O’Sullivan), his loving wife of 57 years and constant companion, began their life together in Lenox at Pleasant Valley Audubon Sanctuary, where Mr. Hamilton worked as a nature teacher and day camp director.  He continued his teaching career in the Cheshire public schools and Crosby Junior High, and ultimately became a professor at Berkshire Community College (BCC) in 1967, where he founded the Environmental and Life Sciences Program.  Through his exceptional dedication to his students he earned their lifelong respect and admiration.  He was awarded numerous grants from the National Science Foundation, for the promotion and advancement of environmental and conservation sciences.  After more than 25 years of service to BCC, he retired Professor Emeritus in 1995.

He volunteered his time to many national, regional, state and local organizations dedicated to improving both efforts in conservation and the quality of environmental education.  He is credited with starting the Conservation Club at BCC and established a recycling program before it was politically correct.  He was an avid outdoorsman and conservationist who enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and living off the land.  Among his numerous awards, he was most proud of being named Sportsman of the Year by the Berkshire County League of Sportsmen and the Massachusetts Sportsmen’s Council.  He was recognized as Person of the Year by the Berkshire-Pioneer Resource Conservation and Development Organization in 1985 for his leadership in promoting conservation education and his efforts to enhance Camp Tracy as an outdoor living classroom.

He is survived by his beloved wife Cecilia.  One of their great joys was summering in Dennysville, Maine, where they treasured the time spent reconnecting with family and friends.  He is also survived by their four children:  Elizabeth and her husband, Robert Butterfield, of Brownington, George Hamilton III and his wife, Wendy, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Catherine Hamilton-Milne and her husband, Mark Milne, of Marstons Mills, Massachusetts, and James Hamilton and his wife, Jennifer, of Lakewood, Colorado.  He was blessed with nine grandchildren:  Patrick and his wife, Erica, Justin and his wife, Erin, and Ethan Butterfield, Megan, Mitchell and Paige Hamilton, Mackenzie and Olivia Milne, and Connor Hamilton; and by four great-grandchildren:  Schuyler, Hadley, Lily and Sage.

He was predeceased by his only sibling, Phyllis Francis, of Medfield.

Funeral services were held on January 3, in Lenox.  Burial followed in St. Ann’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), or the Lewy Body Dementia Association, both in care of Roche Funeral Home, 120 Main Street, Lenox, Massachusetts 01240.

obit GrayJarrett “Jay” Lee Gray

Jarrett “Jay” Lee Gray, 45, of Newport died peacefully on December 20, 2013, in Burlington, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Newport on August 8, 1968, son of Douglas and Pauline Gray.

He attended North Country Union High School and Champlain College in Burlington.  Following college, he returned home to help open and operate The East Side Restaurant.

Mr. Gray trumped all with his customer service skills and efforts while helping to build the family business.  He brought many business ventures into the community.  He opened a Newport office for Carmen’s Travel, Boxers Clothing Store for Men, and renovated and operated the Top of the Hills Inn and Motel.  Eventually taking over the Shops at The East Side, he added a clothing and tuxedo department.

In whatever field he was working, he left his mark.  Customers and business associates did not like Mr. Gray — they loved him.

He took immense pride in his sons Kendrick and Kaine Gray.  He traveled with them to many practices and sports camps throughout New England.  Attending their games was his greatest enjoyment.  The eldest son, Kendrick, is striving to achieve his father’s dream in Burlington.  As a sophomore at Rice Memorial High School, he is headlining the sports basketball news and is already being labeled Vermont’s top prospect for college recruit.  Kaine Gray attends North Country Union Junior High School.  He will move up the ranks in football and basketball and is already upholding the family tradition of business.  He prefers the country and can be spotted in big work boots and a Gray Farms and Transport jacket that he proudly claims has been earned not given.

Every one of us in life has a mission; every one of us has something to teach and something to learn.  Mr. Gray was one who had much to teach with not enough time.  He was born with a rare disease called cystinosis and was given a life expectancy of eight to 12 years.  He spent his younger years in and out of major hospitals enduring many procedures and surgeries.  Following a kidney transplant, he gained some valued time, time in which he impressed the lives of so many.  He kept his kidney for a remarkable 33 years and was the longest living cystinotic patient on record anywhere.

A medical miracle and message for all; Mr. Gray courageously entered each day with a love for life, a kind word for everyone, and a smile that made the day better.

He is survived by his two sons:  Kaine and Kendrick Gray; his mother Pauline (Deso) Gray; his father Douglas Gray Sr. and his wife, Barb; his sister Kathy Kellogg and her husband, Gary; his brother Douglas Gray Jr. and his wife, Darlene; his brother Keith Gray and his wife, Ruth; his sister Dena Gray and her husband, John Pierre Rancourt; his nieces and nephews:  Sarah, Emily and Adam Lang, Jillian and Jonathan Gray, Thomas Rhodes, Erica and Trevor Gray, Melissa and Cy Nelson, and Veronique, Elizabeth and John Samuel Rancourt; and by many grand-nieces and -nephews, aunts and uncles.  He also leaves his very close friends:  Antonio Rocho, Desiree Genco, Jay Antonelli, France Isabelle and Elizabeth Rivard.

Friends and family are invited to celebrate his life at 11 a.m., on Friday, January 10, at the Church of God, 295 Crawford Road in Derby.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Jarrett Gray North Country Scholarship Fund, care of Kimico Perry, Community National Bank, 4811 U.S. Route 5 Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Ruth E. Ferlazo

Ruth Ferlazo of Crystal Lake in Barton, a former resident of St. Johnsbury, died peacefully on Sunday morning, December 1, 2013, at the age of 92.

She was born on June 27, 1921, in Evansville.  She was the wife of Richard Earl Ferlazo, who predeceased her in 1991.

She was the youngest and last of the four girls born to Blanche Norris; Althea, Irma and Billy all predeceased her.

She grew up on a farm in Barton and talked about taking care of the cows and chickens, but she had to admit she didn’t like it.  During the war, she and Irma worked at the Washington Naval yard but was happy to return to St. Johnsbury and the Canor house, a boarding house which her mother owned, located where the present post office in St. Johnsbury is today.

She and her husband always enjoyed having the family come together for the holidays in St. Johnsbury, or to relax at the lake in Barton.

She worked for and retired from the State of Vermont Department of Libraries.  She first worked on the upper level of the Athenaeum in St. Johnsbury; later the library was moved out on the Danville Road, which has since been closed.  She was an avid reader all her life and would always be found with a book in hand.

Mrs. and Mr. Ferlazo enjoyed their camp at Crystal Lake, water skiing, sailing and swimming, and they spent their later years in the winter at Pompano Beach, Florida.  She supported the Barton Historical Society and never missed a class reunion for Barton Academy.

She is survived by two children:  Richard Earl Ferlazo Jr. of St. Johnsbury, and Robert Edward Ferlazo and his wife, Liz, of Barton and their two children:  Grant and Clint; a special niece, Mary Jane Smith, of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the daughter of Althea, Ruth’s oldest sister, and Mary Jane’s two children:  Rick and Melissa and their families; and by her niece Judy Gochie of New Mexico, the daughter of Billy, Ruth’s next oldest sister.

Services were held on December 7, in St. Johnsbury.

The family suggests memorial contributions be directed to the Crystal Lake Historical Society, P.O. Box 148, Barton, Vermont 05822.

obit CoteReed P. Cote

Reed P. Cote, 79, of Derby died on December 18, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on May 4, 1934, in St. David, Maine, a son of Zephirin and Denise (Dube) Cote.  He married Gertrude Violette, who predeceased him on May 30, 1994.

Mr. Cote served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a veteran of the Korean War.

He worked for John Russell Construction as a foreman.

He is survived by his four children:  Carl Cote of West Hartford, Connecticut, Wayne Cote of West Hartford, Delores Harosyko of Massachusetts, and Paula Brandy of Washington; five brothers; four sisters; seven grandchildren; and by his nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 28, in West Hartford.  Interment was held at the Veteran Cemetery in West Hartford.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit briereMarion Briere

Marion Briere, 90, of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, died on Wednesday, December 4, 2013.

She was the wife of the late Alfred E. Briere.

She was born in Brownington, daughter of the late Preston and Angelina (Bousquet) Sheltra.  She was one of 14 children.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her children:  Alfred P. Briere and his wife, Elaine, and Jeanne Durand and her husband, William; four grandchildren:  Denise Martell, Scott Briere, Brian Durand and Jennifer Sousa; and by ten great-grandchildren.

The funeral was held on December 14, 2013, in Pawtucket, followed by a Mass of Christian burial.  Burial was in Notre Dame Cemetery in Pawtucket.

obit bondPhyllis E. Bond

Phyllis E. Bond died on December 22, 2013, in Layton, Utah, with her daughter Carol and son-in-law Thomas at her side.  She passed quickly and peacefully.

She was born on April 18, 1923, in Beebe Plain, Quebec.

She resided in Derby Line until she married Roy L. Bond on December 7, 1943.  They were married 67 years, before his death.

She loved her camp on Salem Lake as did all the rest of her family.  She spent summers there every year.

She is survived by her daughter Carol Rodgers and her son-in-law, Deacon Thomas Rodgers, of West Point, Utah; and by her son Dennis L. Bond and her daughter-in-law, Darlene Bond, of Derby and York, Pennsylvania.

She was predeceased by her father Carroll E. Salls, and by her mother Alma E. (Bennett) Salls, of Derby Line; and by her husband Roy L. Bond, who died on March 30, 2011.

Funeral services were held on January 4, in Allison Park, Pennsylvania.  Burial was in Bakerstown Presbyterian Cemetery in Bakerstown, Pennsylvania, next to her husband.

In lieu of flowers, if desired, please make a donation to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter in Orleans, in recognition of her love for pets.

Online condolences to the family may be sent to kingsfuneralhome.com.

obit blaisLogan Joseph Blais

Logan Joseph Blais, 2, beloved son of Anthony Blais and Heather (Hale) Sanchez, died on December 24, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on August 25, 2011, in Boston, Massachusetts.

He enjoyed watching Bubble Guppies, Sponge Bob Square Pants, playing Angry Birds, and playing with his brothers and sister.

He is survived by his parents:  Anthony Blais and Heather (Hale) Sanchez of Newport; his brothers:  Ryan Blais and Luis Sanchez; and by his sister Ariana Sanchez.  He is also survived by his maternal grandparents:  Mike and Laurie Desautels of Troy, and Valerie Tinker of Rockland, Massachusetts; his paternal grandparents:  Karen Blais and Phil Sheltra of Westfield; his maternal great-grandparents:  Diane and Richard Descheneau of North Troy, and Colby and Carol Currier of North Troy; his aunts and uncles:  Kyle Tinker of Derby, Noah Desautels of Troy, Ryder Desautels of Lowell, and Jaime and Jonathan Comtois of Newport; his numerous great-aunts and uncles; and by his cousins:  Gus Comtois, Maddison Tinker and Mia Tinker.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather Rheal Blais, on December 11, 1999.

Funeral services were held on December 30, 2013, in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial was celebrated.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Boston Children’s Hospital, Cardiac Unit, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries December 23, 2013

obit CargillLyle James Cargill

 Lyle James Cargill, 93, of Derby died on December 16, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on September 3, 1920, in Morgan, to Bernie and Ola (Elliott) Cargill.  He graduated from Derby Academy in the Class of 1938.  On June 22, 1944, he married Cleora Ewens, who predeceased him on May 8, 1961.  On October 19, 1963, he married Edith Nichols, who survives him.

He was a foreman for the State Highway Department.  He was also a dairy farmer and logger during his lifetime.

He was an avid fisherman and Boston Red Sox Fan.  He enjoyed playing cards, cutting firewood, making wooden toys and crafts and he loved his dogs.

He is survived by his wife Edith Cargill of Derby; his children:  Dwight Cargill of Fairfax, Duane Cargill and his wife, Linda, of Montana, Colleen Gray and her husband, Reginald, of Charlotte, and Brian Cargill and his wife, Marilyn of Bristol; his stepchildren:  Reginald Gray of Charlotte, Stuart Gray of Concord, and Gary Griffin of Brandon; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers:  Everett and Clifton Cargill; his sister Florence Rivard; and by his brother-in-law Floyd Page.  He was also predeceased by two nieces:  Katherine Rivard and Sarah Cargill; and by his nephew Clifton Cargill Jr.

A graveside service will be held 11 a.m., on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at the Morgan Center Cemetery, with the Reverend Robert Cargill officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit ColburnBrenda L. Colburn

Brenda L. Colburn, 70, of Barton died peacefully on December 12, 2013, in Barton.

She was born on April 5, 1943, in Franconia, New Hampshire, to Irvin and Winnie (Sanborn) Bickford.  On August 4, 1962, she married Terry Colburn, who predeceased her on December 31, 2012.

She was raised on the family farm in West Glover, which was very dear to her heart.  She graduated high school from Barton Academy in 1962.  She worked as a caregiver to many children and elderly throughout her life.

She also worked at the Barton Village Office as a village clerk and retired after 15 years.

She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, knitting, going to yard sales and auctions.  She also spent time camping with her husband in their camper.

One of her favorite hobbies was going to Bingo.

She was very passionate about her pets that she had throughout her life, especially her dogs.

She was a member of the West Glover Church and choir, and the West Glover Willing Workers.

She was the most loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

She is survived by her children:  Marvin Colburn and his wife, Rhonda, of Barton, Mark Colburn and his wife, Hope, of Glover, Kelita Colburn of South Carolina, and Konnie Perkins and her husband, Eric, of Westmore; her grandchildren:  Torre Colburn and David Meyer, Devin Colburn, Lauren Baker and her husband, Nicholas, and Brooke Perkins; her great-grandchild Karson Meyer; and by her brothers:  Roland Bickford and his wife, Sharon, of Barton, and Ronnie Ouellette of Pennsylvania.

She was predeceased by three brothers and six sisters.

A graveside service will be held in the spring.

Donations in memory of Brenda Colburn can be made to the West Glover Church, care of Sarah Stevens, 16 Davio Place, West Glover, Vermont 05875.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit GillisBrian Gillis

Brian Gillis of Island Pond died suddenly on Monday, December 16, 2013, at his home, at the age of 56.

He was born in Newport on June 1, 1957, to Alice Ruth (Carr) Gillis and Archie Joseph Gillis.

He enjoyed kayaking, sailing, hiking, traveling, and working on his antique truck.

He attended North Country Union High School.  He worked in Dallas, Texas, as a prep cook after high school for several years.  He worked as an illustrator in Burlington, enjoyed working out doors at the Northwoods Stewardship Center, and at the state parks in Island Pond and Barton.

He will be greatly missed by friends and family.

He is survived by two sisters:  Betty (Gillis) Biggs and Donna Chesney and her husband, Roger, of Island Pond; two brothers:  David Gillis and his wife, Linda, of Yuma, Arizona, and Steve Gillis of Sterling, Alaska; and by eight nieces, six nephews, and 12 great-nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Archie Joseph and Alice Ruth Gillis; and by his brother Scott Allen Gillis.

There will be a service and burial to be announced in the spring.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Jeannine M. Marcotte

Jeannine (Lemay) Marcotte, 77, of Bellingham, Massachusetts, died on Friday, December 6, 2013, at Milford Regional Medical Center.

She was the beloved wife, for 59 years, of Gerald E. Marcotte.

Born in Island Pond, on November 22, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Emile and Pauline (Coe) Lemay.

She was a resident of Bellingham for 50 years, formerly of Barton, where she was raised.

She worked at Waters in Milford for 27 years until retiring in 2011.

She was an avid bingo player; a candlepin bowler, as was her father; an avid reader; and she enjoyed playing horseshoes.

Devoted to her family, she will be greatly missed by her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was the loving mother of Diane Brogan and her husband, Jack, of Acton, Maine, Debbie Marcotte and her fiancé, Tom, of Bellingham, Darlene Kass and her husband, Joe, of Windham, Maine, Gerald G. Marcotte and his wife, Kelly, of Cumberland, Rhode Island, and Dana Ebbs of Woonsocket, Rhode Island.  She leaves her cherished ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  She was the sister of Paul Lemay of Vermont, Bernie Lemay of Missouri, Emily Morin of Tennessee, and Delores Lapierre of Newport.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 9 Eric Drive, Suite 101, Natick, Massachusetts 01760; or at www.lls.org/ma.

To sign a guest book, visit www.cartiersfuneralhome.com.

Yvette L. Retallick

Yvette L. Retallick, 65, of Newport died peacefully on December 16, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on July 31, 1948, in Waterloo, Quebec, to Gaston Marc-Aurele and Marie-Jeanne (Racicot) Marc-Aurele.  On October 25, 1969, she married John Retallick, who survives her.

She helped her husband on their farm in Richford.

She loved to walk her dogs, Willie and Feather, and getting to know all her neighbors.  Her hobbies included reading, cooking, fishing, and she was always willing to lend a hand and be there for everyone.

She is survived by her husband John Retallick of Newport; her children:  Mary Jane Fournier of Manchester, New Hampshire, and Gaston Retallick of Colorado Springs, Colorado; her sisters:  Helene Racicot and her husband, Alfred, of Weare, New Hampshire; and Gertrude Tetreault and her husband, Andre, of Lowell; her brother-in-law Real Gauvin of Lowell; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a sister, Beatrice Gauvin.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friend desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to Marfan Syndrome, Lahey Clinic Foundation, Inc., 41 Mall Road, Burlington, Massachusetts 01805.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit martinFrancis M. Martin Jr.

Francis M. Martin Jr., 84, of Barton died on December 16, 2013, in Newport.

He was born in Burlington on August 5, 1929, the son of Francis M. Martin Sr. and Helen E. (Sullivan) Martin.

He attended Cathedral schools in Burlington, and was in the Class of 1947.

He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in September of 1949.  He served in Japan and Korea during the Korean War as an aircraft mechanic, crew chief, and flight test engineer.  His final assignment was with the 10th Aerospace Defense Group/Squadron as a maintenance technician on nuclear-equipped Thor missiles at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and Johnston Island Air Force Base.  He retired from the Air Force in October of 1971 as a master sergeant.

He later worked for many years in the engineering department at the Veterans Administration Hospital in White River Junction, from where he retired again in 1989.

In his retirement, he did volunteer work at the VA Hospital, the Barton Public Library, and at North Country Hospital in Newport.  He was also a volunteer member of the Hartford fire department for several years.

He was a parishioner at St. Paul’s Church in Barton.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #76 in Barton and also Post #2571 and DAV Chapter 3, both of White River Junction.

He enjoyed all sports and played many in his youth.  He loved to fish, especially in the small rivers and brooks of his native Vermont.  He also enjoyed reading, traveling, camping, and visiting other parts of the United States.  He had a great interest in military history, particularly aircraft of World War II and the American Civil War battlefields, cemeteries, and other historic Civil War sites.  He enjoyed the stories and history of both Confederate and Union soldiers, with a special interest in the stories and fate of the Vermont soldiers of that time.

He leaves four daughters:  Corinne A. Martin of Burlington, Mary C. Martin of Lakewood, Colorado, Jacqueline G. Hanley and her husband, Phillip, of West End, North Carolina, Kathryn R. Higgins and her husband, Paul, of Raleigh, North Carolina; two sons:  Francis “Matt” Martin III and his wife, Karen, of Sanford, North Carolina, and Thomas P. Martin and his wife, Rita, of Charlestown, New Hampshire; three brothers:  Charles V. Martin of Ripton, John P. Martin and his wife, Sue, of Bakersfield, and James F. Martin of Georgia; three sisters:  Mary Usher of Twentynine Palms, California, Patricia Laskowski of Milton, and Colleen Steen of Fairfax; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son Christopher J. Martin in 1988, and by his brother Robert J. Martin in 2013.

Funeral services were held on December 20, in Barton, with military honors.  Spring interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in White River Junction.

Should friends desire, contributions, in the memory of his son, Christopher J. Martin, may be made to St. Paul’s School, 54 Eastern Avenue, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit RiversEthel M. Rivers

Ethel M. Rivers, 96, of Island Pond died on December 16, 2013, in Derby.

She was born on June 27, 1917, in Windsor Mills, Quebec, a twin daughter of Archie and Gertrude (Paterson) Samson.

The family moved to Island Pond on November 22, 1919, where she spent most of the rest of her life.

She married Edward Rivers on October 21, 1947.

She was a telephone operator for more than five years during the 1940s, at which time she stopped working when dial systems became popular.

She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and doing crossword puzzles until she lost her sight.

Betsy Bumps, who was like a daughter to her, took her for rides and was a frequent companion.

She was a past Noble Grand of the Clyde River Rebekah Lodge, past president of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #80, and a life member of the VFW Auxiliary.

She had the distinction of having a twin sister, triplet sons, and twin granddaughters.

She is survived by her children:  Lorraine Glasson of Island Pond, Maynard Rivers and his wife, Pamela, of Island Pond, Gary Rivers and his wife, Sheryl, of Madison, New Hampshire, and Robert Rivers and his wife, Rita, of Island Pond; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and by three great-great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her brother Gordon Sampson and his wife, Thora, of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Edward Rivers in 2010; her twin sister Elsie Bumps of Derby; her sons:  Bruce and Steve Rivers; and by her granddaughter Tracy Glasson.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Green Activities Fund, 2853 Route 5, Derby, Vermont 05829.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

Ethel M. Rivers

Ethel M. Rivers, 96, of Island Pond died on December 16, 2013, in Derby.

She was born on June 27, 1917, in Windsor Mills, Quebec, a twin daughter of Archie and Gertrude (Paterson) Samson.

The family moved to Island Pond on November 22, 1919, where she spent most of the rest of her life.

She married Edward Rivers on October 21, 1947.

She was a telephone operator for more than five years during the 1940s, at which time she stopped working when dial systems became popular.

She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and doing crossword puzzles until she lost her sight.

Betsy Bumps, who was like a daughter to her, took her for rides and was a frequent companion.

She was a past Noble Grand of the Clyde River Rebekah Lodge, past president of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #80, and a life member of the VFW Auxiliary.

She had the distinction of having a twin sister, triplet sons, and twin granddaughters.

She is survived by her children:  Lorraine Glasson of Island Pond, Maynard Rivers and his wife, Pamela, of Island Pond, Gary Rivers and his wife, Sheryl, of Madison, New Hampshire, and Robert Rivers and his wife, Rita, of Island Pond; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and by three great-great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her brother Gordon Sampson and his wife, Thora, of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Edward Rivers in 2010; her twin sister Elsie Bumps of Derby; her sons:  Bruce and Steve Rivers; and by her granddaughter Tracy Glasson.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Green Activities Fund, 2853 Route 5, Derby, Vermont 05829.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries December 18, 2013

obit wagnerEveline Caron Boucher Wagner

Eveline Caron Boucher Wagner, 104, died peacefully at the Newport Health Care Center on December 13, 2013.

She was born on May 1, 1909, in St. Theophile, Canada, to Gedeon and Marie Letourneau Caron.

She worked many years at Barton Cleaners and the Ben Franklin store.  After she retired, she became an avid golfer and spent many winters in Florida.  Most recently, she played harmonica with the Bobbin Mill Players, which became her treasured extended family.  We will miss her happy personality.

She is survived by a daughter, Millie Gaboriault; 12 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; three great-great-great-grandchildren; and by many nieces and nephews.  She had six generations.

She was predeceased by her parents; two husbands, Herve Boucher and Charles Wagner; a daughter, Marie Valois; a grandson, Lucien Valois; two sons-in-law; and by 14 brothers and sisters.

Services will be held in the spring.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Newport Health Care Activities Department, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit mitchemPauline Aime Mitchem

Pauline Aime Mitchem, 91, died on December 3, 2013, at the St. Johnsbury Health & Rehab Center, after a brief illness of cancer.

She was born on October 2, 1922, a daughter of Ernest and Ruth Dopp of Sheffield.  She was born and raised in Sheffield.

After her husband died, she worked in Newport Center as a caretaker.  Shortly afterwards, her sister, Velma Parenteau, and her husband, Walter, invited her to live with them in Westmore, where she became a big part of their family for 39 years.  After the death of her sister, Velma, she devoted 19 years of her life taking care of her nephew, Leo Parenteau, who had Down syndrome, until he died in 2009.

Her passions were her family, playing bingo, doing 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles, and going to her senior citizen center meal sites in Barton and Orleans.

Surviving children are:  Ruth Rocheleau and her companion, Paul Demars, of St. Johnsbury, Lena Young of Kirby, and Willie and Nancy Mitchem of St. Johnsbury.  Besides her children, she leaves her step-brother Larry Dopp and his wife, Caroline, of Newport; her sister Arlene Sacco of Ocala, Florida; as well as several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her her husband Gerald; her daughter Althea Degreenia; as well as by several brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were held at Pearsons Funeral Home in Lyndonville, December 14.  Burial will be in the spring.

To view an online guestbook, go to pearsonsfh.com.

obit beginGerald “Gerry” D. Begin

Gerald “Gerry” D. Begin, 28, of Coventry died suddenly on December 7, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on March 12, 1985, in Palmer, Massachusetts, to Denise (Grenier) Begin and the late Robert Begin.

On May 4, 2013, he married the former Sara Davis, who survives him.

He was employed as a machinist for Appalachian Engineered Flooring in North Troy.

He enjoyed shooting his guns, fishing, collecting knives, watching The Walking Dead television show, and he loved his Mitsubishi 3000gt.

He is survived by his wife Sara Begin of Coventry; his mother Denise Begin of Coventry; his father- and mother-in-law Douglas Davis Jr. and Christine Davis of Orleans; his nephews:  Mark Jr. and Isaac; his niece Lilly; his brother-in-law Mark Effrig Sr. and his wife, Amanda, of Derby Line; his sister-in-law Adorian Willis of Orleans; his brother-in-law Justin Willis of Newport Center; his aunt Jackie Bowen and her husband, Melvin, of West Charleston; his cousins:  Lenny, Lisa, Luc, Donald, and Danny; his second cousins:  Ben, Rose and Nathan; and by aunts and uncles from Canada, and many friends and other cousins.

Funeral services were held on December 13, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Sara Begin, 106 Coventry Station Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries December 11, 2013

obit chaseRodolph (Rudy) Lee Chase Sr.

Rodolph (Rudy) Lee Chase Sr., 81, of Craftsbury died on December 1, 2013, in Burlington.

He was born on May 23, 1932, in Beaver Creek, North Carolina, to Paul and Laura (Jones) Chase.

He retired as a first sergeant in the United States Army, where he served for 22 years and two tours in Vietnam.  After retirement from the Army, he owned and operated the Craftsbury Village Store, and he worked for Sumner Farr, Refrigeration and Sales in Richmond.  He started his own refrigeration and appliance business in Craftsbury and later branched out in Morrisville and Hardwick.

On July 31, 1954, he married Mary Ellen Fortune, who predeceased him in 2012.

He was a former member of the Masonic Lodge in Craftsbury, the American Legion in Hardwick, and the VFW in Morrisville.  He was a member of the Refrigeration Engineers and Service Society.  His hobbies included gardening and landscaping.

He is survived by his children:  Rodolph (Rudy) L. Chase Jr. and his wife, Joanne, of Craftsbury, twins Raymond Carl Chase and his wife, Joyce, of Craftsbury, and Robin Stebbins and her husband, George, of Craftsbury; his grandchildren:  Nicholas, Alexander, Benjamin, Kathleen, Julianne, Mykaela, Karen, Valerie, and Andrea; his great-grandchildren:  Olivia, Averie, Elexia, Aubriella, Chase, and Aliya; his brothers:  James Chase and his wife, Ella-Rae, of Jacksonville, North Carolina, Douglas (Mack) Chase and his wife, Peggy, of Vaas, North Carolina; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Jimmie Chase, and by his sister Stella Baysden.

Funeral services were held on December 7, on Craftsbury Common.  Spring interment will be in the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Hardwick Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 837, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit Claude PaquetteClaude F. Paquette

Claude F. Paquette died peacefully on November 29, 2013, at the Vermont Respite House in Williston.

He was born in Irasburg on December 4, 1935, as the youngest son of Osias and Rose Amande Paquette.

He married his loving wife, Beverly E. Bullis, on October 16, 1954, who cared for him right up to the end of his life.

He enjoyed his family, puzzles, square dancing, bowling, listening to Burl Ives and watching America’s Funniest Home Videos.  He was a great provider as an exceptional crane operator for Cote Contractors, Pizzagalli Construction, and eventually his own trucking company.  He thoroughly enjoyed his work and the many miles up and down the East Coast.  He was also a longtime volunteer of the Essex Junction Fire Department.

He is survived by his loving family:  his wife of 59 years, Beverly; his daughter Shirley Fitzgerald and her husband, John, and their children:  Jennifer, Mary and John; his son David and his wife, Melissa (Mazza), and their children:  Shantel, Danielle, David Jr., Amy and MacKenzie; his son Bruce and his wife, Judy (Sorrell), and their children:  Sarah and Christina; his son Kenneth and his wife, Lisa (Sicard), and their children:  Ken Jr. and Chad; his daughter Sue-Ellen Kelly and her husband, Marty, and their children:  Mackenzie and Marty III; his sisters:  Theresa and Laurette; his brother Rudolph; along with his great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, and eight siblings.

A celebration of his life took place on December 6, in Essex.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to Essex Rescue, 1 Educational Drive, Essex Junction, Vermont 05452.

The family invites people to share memories by visiting www.awrfh.com.

obit DewingStephen D. Dewing

Stephen D. Dewing, 46, of North Troy died suddenly on December 5, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on February 21, 1967, to Winston and Ernestine (Conley) Dewing.  On June 7, 1986, he married Lori Lague, who survives him.

He worked as a board sawyer for several sawmills throughout his life.

His hobbies included fishing, hunting, gardening, snowmobiling, tinkering on cars, and carpentry work as he built his own home.

He is survived by his wife Lori Dewing of North Troy; his children:  Leanne and Tyler Dewing of North Troy; his siblings:  Brian Dewing and his wife, Nancy, of Coventry, Janice Conley and her husband, Bruce, of Glover, MaryAnn Landry and her husband, Ronald, of Brownington, Lorraine Reeves and her husband, Larry, of Colorado, and Barbara Wing and her husband, Al, of Florida; his brothers- and sisters-in-law:  Randy Lague and his wife, Suzanne, of Johnson, Rick Lague and Debbie Cahill of Belvedere, Rene Lague and his wife, Cindy, of Troy, and Julie Klein and her husband, Michael, of Kentucky; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents and by his sister Betty Lafountain.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Missisquoi Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 131, Troy, Vermont 05868.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit DionneAnne M. Dionne

Anne M. Dionne, 36, of North Troy died on December 1, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on February 12, 1977, in New Haven, Connecticut, a daughter of Raymond and Carol (Bousquet) Santaw.

On December 17, 1997, she married Rusty Dionne, who survives her.

She enjoyed spending time with her friends and family and attending cookouts with them.

She is survived by her husband Rusty Dionne of North Troy; her mother Carol Santaw of Lyndonville; her two stepchildren:  Heather and Dustin Driver of Newport Center; her close friends:  Roy Nadeau and Mary Rhodes of North Troy; several brothers and sisters; and by a very close nephew, Joseph Santaw, of Newport.

She was predeceased by her father Raymond Santaw.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, in care of Community National Bank, 4811 Route 5, Derby, Vermont 05829.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Marion Holland Hall

Marion Holland Hall, 93, of Newport died on December 5, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on April 1, 1920, in Athol, Massachusetts, to George and Annie (Hoyt) Holland.  On January 27, 1946, she married Blaine Hall, who predeceased her on November 24, 2003.

She was an excellent quilter and would donate them to many area charities.  She was a Civil War enthusiast.

She will be greatly missed by her friends and family.

She is survived by her children:  Jeff Hall and his fiancée, Ana Fernandes, of Troy, and Jacqueline Mitchell and her companion, Clive Pratt, of Bronxville, New York.  She is also survived by her grandchildren:  Amy Caldwell and her husband, Tom, Christopher Mitchell and his wife, Anna, and Meghan Allen and her husband, Bill; her five great-grandchildren; her brother Milton Holland of California; her brother-in-law Richard Hall and his wife, Cynthia, of Newport; and by her sister-in-law Ellen Holland of Derby Line.

She was predeceased by three brothers and two sisters.

At her request, no services will be held.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit HouleFather Wilfred Andre “Andy” Houle

Father Wilfred Andre “Andy” Houle, beloved son, brother and friend, died on December 4, 2013.

Father Houle was born to Adrien and Laurette (Paquette) Houle on September 6, 1948, and spent his childhood years on the family’s dairy farm in Irasburg, where he learned the value of hard work and dedication.

He loved to travel as well as spend “down” time at his “cabin” in Starksboro.

Father Houle began his education at Sacred Heart Grade School in Newport, and graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1966.  He attended seminaries in Newark, New Jersey, and Barre.  He completed his bachelor’s degree at St. John Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts.  He was ordained to the Catholic priesthood on November 9, 1974, at St. Theresa’s Church in Orleans.  He completed his Doctorate in adult education and faith formation, from St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1985.  He also attended the Institute for Continuing Theological Education at the Pontifical North American College at Vatican City in Rome, Italy.

Father Houle had the following assignments during his lifetime career in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Vermont:  assistant pastor at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Middlebury, from November of 1974 until June of 1978; assistant pastor at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Burlington, from June of 1978 until June of 1980; assistant director at the Office of Religious Education in Burlington, from June of 1980 until June of 1982; director at the Office of Religious Education in Burlington, from 1982 until June of 1987; chaplain to the Sisters of Providence in Winooski, from June of 1980 until June of 1987; pastor at St. Patrick’s Parish in Fairfield, from June of 1987 until June of 1994; pastor at St. Peter’s Parish in Rutland, from June of 1994 until June of 2006; and pastor at Immaculate Conception (St. Mary’s) Parish in St. Albans, from June of 2006 until December 7, 2009.  He retired due to health reasons on December 7, 2009.  Since then, he has lived his life with grace and dignity as his brain became ravaged by frontotemporal degeneration disease, which is a category within the Alzheimer’s illness.

He is survived by his parents of Irasburg; five siblings:  Elaine Baxter and her spouse, Thomas, of Geneva, Illinois, Diane Yunggebauer and her spouse, Fred, of Hartland, Lorraine Brasseur and her spouse, Bernard, of Cornish Flats, New Hampshire, Ronald Houle and his spouse, Colette (Gaboriault), of Irasburg, and Denis Houle and his spouse, Laura (Boomer), of Irasburg.  Father Houle was the beloved uncle to Matthew and Johnathon Brasseur, Brian and Steven Baxter, Emily and Kaytlyn Houle, and Brandon Houle.  He is also survived by a number of aunts and uncles and numerous cousins.

Funeral services were held on December 9, in Orleans.

To honor his loving and compassionate spirit, donations may be made to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD), Radnor Station Building 2, Suite 320, 290 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, Pennsylvania 19087; or to Alzheimer’s Disease Research at 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, Maryland 20871.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit powersCharlotte R. Scott Powers

Charlotte R. Scott Powers, 74, of Derby, beloved wife of Dean Powers Sr., died on November 19, 2013.

Mrs. Powers was born on April 14, 1939, a daughter of Silas Sr. and Mildred Bean Scott.

On April 23, 1950, she married Dean Powers Sr.

She is survived by her children:  Dean Powers Jr. and his wife, Brenda, Larry Powers and his wife, Sandy, and Jennifer Powers Allen and her husband, Dan; and by her grandchildren:  Hailey, Anthony and Riley.  She is also survived by her sisters:  Annabelle S. Dreher of Florida, Margaret S. Barnes of Florida, and Birdena Collins and her husband, Raymond Sr.; her brother-in-law Larry Dopp and his wife, Caroline; her husband’s brothers and their wives; and by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, who loved Charlotte.  She will be missed by all.

She was predeceased by her parents; and by the following brothers and sisters:  Walter, Alice, George Sr. and Lura Simpson, Shirley S. Kocis, Silas Jr. and Betty Calloway, Margaret S. Barnes and Don, Goldie-Mildred S. Collins, Wilma S. Dopp and Maxine S. Cory.

Funeral services were held on November 22, at the Derby Center Cemetery in Derby.

obit Reynold PaquetteReynold L. Paquette

Reynold L. Paquette, 83, of Newport died peacefully on December 1, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on June 26, 1930, in Orleans, to Armand and Yvonne (Menard) Paquette.

On November 27, 1950, he married Jeanne Guillette, who predeceased him in 2000.

He was a self-employed logger and he also owned and operated Ray’s Christmas Trees.

He enjoyed fishing, ice fishing, playing cards, hunting, maple sugaring, and wreath making.

He was a member of the Barton Fire Department and the 3rd Degree Barton and Orleans Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his daughters:  Yvonne Steinhoff and her husband, Ernest, of Newport, Linda Keifer and her husband, Lloyd, of Clifton Park, New York, and Diane Burke and her husband, Ronald, of Newport; his grandchildren:  Jonathan and Jeffrey Reed, Armand Paquette, John Drzewiczewski, Ronnie Paquette, Reanna Simpson, Felicia Paquette, Alan Tanguay, Jeremy Paquette and Allison Paquette; his great-grandsons:  Brody Tanguay and Liam Reed; his siblings:  Arlene Choquette and her husband, Bernard, of Cowansville, Quebec, Suzanne Dupries and her husband, Jacques, of Highgate Center, Joanne Turbide of Palm Harbor, Florida, Richard Paquette and his wife, Sherie, of Huntington Beach, Florida, and Claire Niles and her husband, Harry, of Brush Prairie, Washington; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sons:  Michael and Marcel Paquette; his brother Maurice; and by his godchild Rachel Couture.

Funeral services were held on December 7, in Derby Line.  Spring interment will be in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, 1250 Hylan Boulevard, Suite 4B, Staten Island, New York 10305.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit ShattuckRoy K. Shattuck

Roy K. Shattuck of Derby, the son of Harold and Aline Shattuck, died peacefully on December 1, 2013, in his seventy-ninth year, surrounded by his loving family.

After attending school in the Derby and Newport area, Mr. Shattuck served honorably in the U.S. Army as a senior paratrooper with the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team and later obtained prestigious Jump Master status while serving in Asia during the Korean War with the 101st Airborne Division.

He was also a lifetime member of the American Legion and the VFW.

After leaving the Army, he became a Master Electrician.  He was a successful businessman; owning and operating Shattuck Electric in Derby for many years.  Later in his career, he was honored to join his son, Brad, in his automobile business, Shattuck Motors, in Newport.  Mr. Shattuck spent countless hours and was instrumental in the development of this 30-year-old company.

Mr. Shattuck was known to have a rebel spirit.  He enjoyed parachuting out of airplanes, fast cars, motorcycling, and snowmobiling.  He also had a love of the water.  He enjoyed swimming, waterskiing and boating in the area lakes.  In addition, he enjoyed wintering in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

His greatest pride was his family.  He gave them the treasured gifts of his time and unconditional love.

He is survived by his beloved wife of almost 55 years, Beula-Jean (Jacobs); his son Brad and his wife, Bonnie Shattuck, of Derby; his daughter Brenda and her husband, John Pfeifer, of South Burlington; his daughter Susan Shattuck and her husband, Steven Bruhn, of Atlanta, Georgia; and by his beloved grandchildren:  Hannah Shattuck-Pfeifer, Leah and her husband, Jesse Nash, and Emma, Justin and Jonathan Shattuck.  Dad, Grampa, we love you best.  He is also survived by his sister Susan Shattuck of Idaho Falls, Idaho; his aunt Ruth Austin of Newport; and by many brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

A private service will be held at a later date with full military honors.

Per Mr. Shattuck’s wishes, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, 67 Beech Street, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries December 4, 2013

obit CallowayRoger W. Calloway Sr.

Roger W. Calloway Sr., 72, of Newport died on November 28, 2013, in Newport, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on August 8, 1941, in Newport Center, a son of Blaine and Natalie (Armstrong) Calloway.  On June 18, 1960, he married Betty Hardy, who survives him.

He was a truck driver for Gray’s Paving.  He loved watching NASCAR, wrestling, going camping, hunting, having family cookouts, and telling stories.

Mr. Calloway was a member of the American Legion Post #28 in North Troy.

He is survived by his wife, the love of his life, Betty Calloway of Newport; his children:  Darlene Gaudette of Orleans, Roger Calloway Jr. and his fiancée, Lori Collins, of Derby, Dwayne Calloway and his fiancée, Tracy Archer, of Newport, Debbie Perry of Derby, and Donna Malshuk and her husband, Dennis, of Newport; his grandchildren:  Dwayne Jr., Scott Perry, Travis Calloway, Amber Perry, Tonya Calloway, Jacob Calloway, Desiree Malshuk, Dakota Calloway, and Mykayla Malshuk; his five great-grandchildren; a brother, Donald Calloway Sr., and his wife, Ilene, of Orleans; a sister, Priscilla Simpson, of Orleans; a stepbrother, Russell Calloway, of Ottawa; his special niece Linda Bennett and her husband, Norman, of Coventry; several nieces and nephews; a special friend, John Pelletier, of North Tory; and by his beloved dog, Buddy.

He was predeceased by Betty Scott and Louise Dionne, and by a special friend, Hillary Baker.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 5, at 2 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend Paul Prince officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit maloneyLorraine J. Maloney

Lorraine J. Maloney, 84, of Newport Center died early Friday morning, November 29, 2013, at Bel-Aire Nursing Home after a very long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

She was born on April 19, 1929, in Newport, the only child of the late Herbert and Florence (Selby) Tute.  She grew up in Newport Center and graduated from Newport Center High School, Class of 1947, as valedictorian.

She enjoyed playing piano, throughout her life.  She taught piano lessons for students for many years.  She was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Newport for many years and an organist there for 25 years.  She grew up in her home with her parents, where the U.S. Postal Office was located.  She had firsthand knowledge of the postal service and eventually became a postal clerk.  In 1975, she was sworn in as postmaster in Newport Center.  She retired in 1992.  She was very active with the National League of Postmasters, and the Retired League of Postmasters.

Mrs. Maloney was an active citizen in Newport Center.  She was on the zoning and planning boards, and she was an auditor and a justice of the peace for many years.  She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter in Troy and later in Newport.  She was a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Newport.  She enjoyed traveling, camping, reading, arts and crafts, playing darts, and animals.

In her retirement years, she was a volunteer for many organizations, including:  RSVP, North Country Hospital, Traffic Safety One, and Compassionate Friends.  She was very instrumental in forming the Victim’s Assistance Program.  Mrs. Maloney had a big heart and a great smile.  She would help anyone who was in need, and she really enjoyed visiting with people.

One of her favorite jobs was bookkeeping.  She enjoyed working with numbers.  She was a bookkeeper for a few years with building contractor Malcolm Pickel, and in earlier years for the Edwin Earl Insurance Co.

She was married on October 27, 1947, to Daniel Maloney.  They had two children:  Thomas of Newport and Betty of Newport Center.  A son, Michael Maple, died in 1973.  Mr. Maloney died in 1989.

Her parents, and a very special aunt, Rotha Schayltz, and family friend Larry Allard also predeceased her.  She had many friends through the years, which included Thelma Moulton, Betty Murphy, and Marilyn Forbes, as well as her retired postmaster friends:  Betty Olsen, Carletta Legacy, Millie Fournier, and Sylvia Cramer, to name a few.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 4, at 11 a.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend Cameron Miller officiating.  Spring interment will be held at the Newport Center Cemetery.  A reception will follow the service at the Elks Lodge in Derby.

Mrs. Maloney had a great love for animals, especially her beloved cat Buster.  Flowers are nice, but her wish was for contributions to be made to the Friends of Felines Foundation, P.O. Box 1316, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit raffertyBrenda J. Rafferty

 Brenda J. Rafferty, 57, of Derby died suddenly on November 24, 2013, in Newport.

She was born September 18, 1956, in Newport, to Howard and Joyce (Perkins) Blanchard.

Ms. Rafferty was a former member of the Barton EMT, and she volunteered for the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, North Country Hospital and Northeast Kingdom TV.

She is survived by her children:  Jessica Poirier and her husband, Jeff, of Glover, Christy Loukes and her husband, Karl, of Newport, Jason Rafferty and William Rafferty of Newport; her grandchildren:  Holly, Cody, Alexis, Hannah, Mitchell, Chantal, Kloie, and Karl Jr.; and by her siblings:  Eugene Childers and his wife, Jean, of Brandon, Michael Blanchard of Orleans, and Susan Mugford and her husband, Craig, of East Montpelier.

Funeral services were held on December 2 at the New Hope Bible Church in Irasburg, with Pastor George Lawson officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Death notices

Rodolph L. Chase Sr.

Rodolph L. Chase Sr., 81, of Craftsbury died on December 1, 2013, in Burlington.

Services will be held at a later date.

Reynold L. Paquette

Reynold L. Paquette, 83, of Newport died on December 1, 2013, in Newport.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m., on Friday, December 6, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, December 7, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Spring interment will be in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

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Obituaries November 13, 2013

Robert Wayne Ciechanowicz

Robert Wayne “Bob” Ciechanowicz, 67, died unexpectedly on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

He was born in Morristown on September 29, 1946, son of Antoni and Geraldine (Kimball) Ciechanowicz.  He grew up in Orleans and graduated from Orleans High School in 1965.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1969, also serving in Vietnam.  A graduate of Johnson State College, he had a long and distinguished career in information technology, working for the state of Vermont and Ben and Jerry’s.

In retirement, he most enjoyed cooking, fine wine and being with his family.

He leaves his wife of 17 years, Marge of Jericho; two daughters:  Jennifer of St. Albans, and Karen, and her son Tyler, of Burlington; his brother Joe of West Charleston; and his brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, and a nephew who will miss him greatly.  He is also survived by his first wife, Bonnie Lynn of Jericho.

Visiting hours will be on Friday, November 15, from 10 to 11 a.m., with a service at 11 a.m. at the Corbin & Palmer Funeral Home, at 9 Pleasant Street in Essex Junction.

Gifts in his memory may be made to a local animal shelter or charity of one’s choice.

 

obit KennedyThelma Lee Kennedy

Thelma Lee Kennedy, 85, of Newport died on November 7, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on December 7, 1927, in Delhi, Louisiana, to Nate and Mary (Ellis) Lee.

She married James Thomas Kennedy, who predeceased her on July 30, 1995.

Her hobbies included sewing and she enjoyed instrumental music.

She is survived by her daughters:  Rever Kennedy, Grace Palmer and Diane C. Venezia, all of Newport, and Linda M. Pate of Pageland, South Carolina; her sons:  Milton H. Anthony of Jericho, Michael B. Cheney of Newport Center, and Nathan Edmonds of Barton; her sisters:  Otha Griffin of Louisiana, and Dorothy Wilson of Las Vegas, Nevada; her twin brother John Wilson of Las Vegas; her twelve grandchildren; a host of friends and relatives in Vermont, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Nevada, and California; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two brothers:  Leon Washington and L.T. Wilson.

Friends may call on Saturday, November 16, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Interment will take place at a later date in Salisbury National Cemetery in Salisbury, North Carolina.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

obit MeunierRobert “Rob” Paul Meunier

Robert “Rob” Paul Meunier, 47, of Newport Center died suddenly while on a hunting trip in Ontario, just after shooting an eight-point buck, on November 5, 2013.

He was born in Newport on October 18, 1966, son of Paul and Jeanette Meunier.  On September 23, 1989, he married his one and only true love, DeAnn Desrochers.

He so very much loved life and enjoyed each and every day.  He took such great pride in his two children, Ben and Kate, who he loved and adored beyond words.  There is not one thing that they said or did that he was not totally interested in.  They, along with his father, Paul “Wally,” were truly his best friends.

Mr. Meunier was so proud of the hunting camp that he owned and built with his dad and brother-in-law.  He looked so forward to those two weeks in November that they spent there — good times, good stories, good friends, good food.  How many suppers did he plan and cook for many of his friends at Big Buck Lodge!  And, of course, we can’t forget the ice fishing in the winter on Lake Memphremagog.  He spent many hours with DeAnn, Ben, and Kate in the ice shack fishing for perch.  He enjoyed people stopping by for a visit at the shack so much, he so looked forward to that.  He drilled many holes for his family and friends looking for that “hot spot” where the fish were hiding.  There was the famous chart in his basement that kept track daily and yearly of how many fish were caught each day, not to mention who caught the most fish, he or DeAnn.

He was an extraordinary human being with an endless supply of caring and compassion for anyone that he crossed paths with.  He was a great son, husband, father, brother, and uncle.  He was a great friend to so many people.  He will be missed by so very many people.

He was also so dedicated to the business he ran with his parents, Meunier Construction.  He worked so diligently to make sure each and every customer was happy and satisfied.

He is survived by his wife, DeAnn, their two children:  Benjamin and Katelyn and her companion, Justin Shattuck; his parents:  Paul and Jeanette Meunier; his sisters:  Sue Perkins and her husband, Rob, and Amy and Brian Fletcher; his mother-in-law Vivian “Connie” Desrochers; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law:  Denise and Jim Daigle; his brother-in-law Dennis Desrochers; his grandmother Simone Meunier; and by his nieces and nephews:  Kyle and Lauren Perkins, Riley and Alex Fletcher, Nicholas Daigle and his fiancée, Sheena Brown, James “J.D.” Desrochers, and David Desroches and his companion, Amber Roberge.  He had a special bond with each one of them and thought of them as his own.  He also leaves his very close friends:  Roger Daigle and Tony LeMay; and his very loyal employees:  Rene Daigle and Jimmy Brown.  He is also survived by many aunts and uncles and so very many special and close friends.

Funeral services were held on November 11, in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial was celebrated.  Interment followed in Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to his children for their education and future, in care of Denise Daigle, 217 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-birtch.com.

 

Ernest H. Punt Sr.

Ernest H. Punt Sr., 72, of Coventry died on November 5, 2013, at his home.

He was born on March 17, 1941, in Springfield, to Horace and Rose Mary (Koloski) Punt.  On June 26, 1971, he married Christine Fogg, who predeceased him on May 18, 2010.

He enjoyed farming, playing cribbage with family and friends, going to area fairs and fishing with his grandchildren.  He loved family visits and he enjoyed going to his grandchildrens’ sporting events.

He is survived by his children:  Jessica and Ernie Punt Jr., Anthony Punt, and Patricia Brown and Sebastian, all of Coventry; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and by his brothers:  David Punt and his wife, Marie, of New York, and Wayne Punt of White River Junction.

A celebration of his life will take place on November 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at his son Ernie’s house.  Call 754-6577 for directions.  Burial will take place at a later date.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ron Holland Dialysis Center, in care of North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Barbara H. Ransom

Barbara H. Ransom, 90, of Burlington died peacefully on Saturday, November 9, 2013, in the Starr Farm Nursing Center, surrounded by her family.

She was born on September 9, 1923, in Bennington, the youngest daughter of Marjorie and Frank Hayes.  She attended Bennington schools, and spent many hours exploring the Bennington area woods and fields.  After graduating from St. Joseph’s Business College, where she proudly typed 123 words per minute on a manual typewriter, she worked initially as a secretary at Bennington College, and then as the administrative assistant for the Bennington Superintendent of Schools.

In 1946, she married her childhood companion, Earle N. Ransom, and they moved to Burlington.  Mr. Ransom attended the University of Vermont and Mrs. Ransom worked as a secretary at GE until the birth of their first child.  From then on, she stayed at home raising her family.  She volunteered for over 20 years at C.P. Smith Elementary School, tutoring students in math and reading.  The school community recognized this service by presenting her with The Golden Apple Award.

Throughout her life, she shared her love and knowledge of nature with generations of family, friends and neighbors.  She was an active member of the Heineberg Senior Center, where she enjoyed playing the piano, becoming a pool shark, and where she joined the Red Hat Society.

She is survived by her daughters:  Laura and her husband, Stephen DeMaroney, of South Burlington, Kathleen Getty of Williston, and Beth Hale and her companion, Gilbert Tabor Jr., of Derby Line; her grandchildren:  Jennifer DeMaroney and her partner, John Ste. Marie, Karen DeMaroney, Amanda Getty and Jared Benedict, Michael Getty, Frank Lee Hale III and his fiancée, Tanya Murray, and Jededia Hale; her great-grandchildren:  Klyer Hale and Frank Lee Hale IV; her sister Dr. Janice Hayes of Ormond Beach, Florida; several nieces and nephews; and by a special neighbor, Toni Taginski, who called Barbara her second mother.

She was lucky to have Nancy Dinkel as her caregiver, and Nancy has become part of her family.

She was predeceased by her husband Earle, in 1985; her parents; her sister Alison McLaughlin; and by a family friend, Laura Govoni.

Visiting hours will be on Thursday, November 14, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home, at 71 South Union Street in Burlington.  A service honoring her life will be held at Corbin and Palmer at 2 p.m. on Friday, November 15.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be sent to the Humane Society of Chittenden County, 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

 

obit RobertsDorio P. Roberts Jr.

Dorio P. Roberts Jr., 54, of North Troy died on November 9, 2013, in Burlington.

He was born on November 11, 1958, in Newport, to Dorio Roberts Sr. and the late Geneva (Denton) Roberts.

He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, cooking, and working in his garden.  He was a very jolly, good-humored person, and was known in the area as “Little Doe.”  His hobbies included fishing, hunting, bowling, softball, and playing various card games.

He was an excellent carpenter and mechanic.  He loved to tinker and work with his hands.

For 24 years he lived in Mashpee, Massachusestts, with his ex-wife Gena Roberts, the mother of his son, before moving back to North Troy six years ago.

He is survived by his son Ryan Dorio Roberts of Mashpee; his father Dorio P. Roberts Sr. of North Troy; his brothers and sisters:  Danny Roberts and his wife, Frances, of California, Dennis Roberts and his wife, Tracy, of North Troy, Darlene Potvin and her husband, Arnold, of Newport Center, Donna Kennison and her husband, Michael, of North Troy, Denise Roberts of Claremont, New Hampshire, and Devin Ryan of Roxbury; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his mother Geneva Roberts.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., on Wednesday, November 13, at the North Troy Congregational Church.  Interment will be at a later date at the North Troy Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

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